Project overview

Client: The Rigby Organisation
Location: Various
Sector: Industrial and Commercial
Project status: Completed

PWA Planning has assisted BETSID in gaining planning permission for a number of sites across Lancashire, for change of use from office / retail premises into betting shops.


What we did


A number of vacant retail units have been brought back into use through change of use to betting shops by the locally-based betting office operator BETSID. PWA Planning took advantage of recent changes to the ‘permitted development’ regulations which allowed for a temporary change of use to betting office for a two year period. This has allowed planning authorities and local residents to get used to the new facilities. PWA Planning then followed up to make the schemes permanent.

The various approvals have ensured considerable new investment into several prominent town centre sites, which in most cases were previously vacant. Each site has brought its planning challenges, often related to loss of retail function and impact of proposed development, but despite this PWA has achieved a 100 per cent success rate.


What our client said

“Betsid Ltd has worked with PWA Planning for almost two years. During this time they have successfully undertaken four successful applications for change of use to a licensed betting office. PWA has the knowledge and expertise to complete a quick and trouble-free application in a difficult and highly scrutinised class. We look forward to working with them again in the near future”
Paul Kirby, operations manager, BETSID