Case study

Change of use from an A1 shop to a nail salon in Salisbury

Change of use from an A1 shop to a nail salon in Salisbury

Resolving environmental health concerns on a business conversion adjoining residential flats

The challenge

Our client was looking to change the use of a listed building from an A1 retail unit to a sui generis nail salon. ‘Sui generis’ is a term applied to non-standard business uses.

The council had public protection concerns about the odours, related to the chemicals used in nail salons, on residents in neighbouring flats. Charter House Planning was called in to provide expert advice.

Our solution

Following detailed analysis, we produced an odour impact assessment and detailed mitigation measures to safeguard residents from any odours. This included proposals for chemical extraction equipment, fans and a novel ceiling insulation system.

Working closely with the Planning Officer, the environmental protection team and a local builder, we demonstrated that the change of use met Wiltshire’s local planning policy and fully addressed all environmental health concerns.

Project success

The application was successfully passed by the council in late 2016 and the nail salon is now open for business.

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*'Sui generis’ is a classification applied to non-standard business uses.