BDS monitors planning applications submitted and decisions issued for non food stores. We include schemes that involve retail sales space of over 1,000m2 for new stores, or extensions providing increased retail floorspace to existing stores.

Access to information is provided in two ways. Firstly, an online portal provides details of all schemes plus the ability to search, filter and download information into Excel for further analysis. Secondly, a monthly report is also produced in PDF. The PDF format is useful as a published document for distribution or ease of reference. Access to historical data and reports can also be made available.

In a typical month, over 50 new applications or consents will be picked up.

The service covers England, Scotland and Wales and can also be made available by individual regions. The service is available on annual subscription. Historical information can also be made available upon request.

Information is obtained from personal and telephone contact with County Councils and local authorities, and monitoring web sites. The original application is included in the report together with the consent (if approved).

A separate BDS service covers retail food stores providing details of planning applications and consents in recent years.

A separate report covers Northern Ireland, while similar reports cover food stores.

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