first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Why are councils against new agency branches opening – even during Covid? previous nextAgencies & PeopleWhy are councils against new agency branches opening – even during Covid?Council in Scotland refuses application for change from retail to office in town south of Glasgow saying ‘too many agents already’.Nigel Lewis1st February 20210775 Views A council in Scotland has refused planning permission for a former pet store to be taken over by an estate agency, despite no alternative business being lined up, agreeing that the town in question ‘has too many agents already’.South Lanarkshire has refused the landlord of Creature Comforts in Burnside near Glasgow permission to change the retail unit into an estate agency branch.This followed the landlord being approached by a local estate agency that wanted to take the lease after the pet shop gave notice to quit.Councils all over the UK have a long history of refusing change-of-use to estate agencies wishing to set up new branches, but the latest decision is baffling during the Covid pandemic as many high streets see businesses being closed or mothballed.Councillors voted by 15 to seven at a meeting of the planning committee late last week in favour of a motion by Cllr Carol Nugent (pictured) to refuse the application, local media report.“We need to protect the vibrant and bustling areas that we have and the diversity of our high street. I think it would be a big mistake to change the use from retail to office,” said Cllr Nugent.The decision was also prompted by the ongoing ‘culture war’ waged in some towns by members of the public – Burnside councillors were told that In total, 178 objections to the proposal were lodged with South Lanarkshire Council with a number of people concerned about the number of estate agents already in Burnside.South Lanarkshire councillors said they had voted to refuse the change of use despite its own planning officer advising the meeting a retail unit moving to a class two unit “would be acceptable in planning terms”.Read more about estate agency branches.carol nugent South Lanarkshire Estate agent branches February 1, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more