Brighton & Hove has a range of designated shopping centres where shops and other town centre uses are encouraged and protected. See Brighton & Hove’s policies on shopping centres:
- SR3 Retail warehouses [PDF, 29kb]
- SR4 Regional Shopping Centre [PDF, 29kb]
- SR5 Town and District Centres [PDF, 156kb]
- SR6 Local Centres [PDF, 35kb]
- SR7 Local Parades [PDF, 245kb]
- SR8 Individual Shops [PDF, 42kb]
Any proposal in an edge or out of centre location must meet the requirements of national planning policy and national planning guidance. This may involve the applicant demonstrating that the sequential test is met and if the proposal for retail and/or other main town centre uses is over (1,000 sqm net) an impact test (a locally set threshold see policy CP4). Information regarding the remit of the tests can be discussed with the Planning Policy Team via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further background evidence regarding shopping areas within the city can be found in the Brighton & Hove Retail Study Update 2011 [PDF, 1 MB]. The council carries out an annual review of the health of its defined shopping centres and publishes this in its Authority Monitoring Report.
Changes of Use and Shopfronts
The change of use section of the Planning Portal will help you understand whether planning permission is required to change the use of your property and where further guidance on common projects can also be found:
You will need to apply for full planning permission for any alteration to your shop front which would materially change the appearance of the property. This includes replacement shopfronts, installation or replacement or new entrance doors and windows and external security measures.
Small alterations to your shop front may not need planning permission, but the alterations must not materially change the outward appearance of the property.
If the shop is a listed building (or part of a listed building), you will need to apply for listed building consent to carry out any internal or external alterations. Policies HE1 [PDF, 29KB], HE6 [PDF, 45KB] and HE10 [PDF, 29KB] of the Brighton & Hove Local Plan are relevant.
See Brighton & Hove’s polices and guidance for shopfronts:
- SPD 02 Shopfront Design
- QD5 Design – street frontages [PDF, 222kb]
- QD8 Shopshutters [PDF, 405kb]
- QD9 Boarding up of flats, shops and business premises [PDF, 29kb]
- QD10 Shopfronts [PDF, 29kb]
- QD11 Blinds [PDF, 96kb]
- QD12 Advertisements and Signs [PDF, 32kb]
- QD13 Advertisements hoardings [PDF, 29kb]
If the alterations to your shop front will include adding or changing an advertisement or sign (including lettering on an awning or blind) then you may also need to apply for advertisement consent. Please see our Advertisements section for further guidance.