This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
Beauty is in the eye of the... Landlord?? The South West


As a fairly traditional male, I’ve been going having my hair cut by the same barber for many years now. He’s a traditional old fashioned gent’s hairdresser that does what’s required to my thinning locks!


Just up the road however is Turkish barber who has built a strong client base with his sharp cuts of hair and beards while also burning out your ear hair with a flaming wick!


The number of enquires I’ve received in the last couple of years, and continue to receive, for premises to be used as barber shops is quite remarkable! Just how they all make a living, when there are so many around, I don’t know?


For us males, our regular visit to the barber is about as much “beauty” treatment as we desire. For the ladies however, not only do they like their regular visit to their favoured hairdresser; there are their nails, eyebrows, eye lashes, facials to be catered for as well!


The demand I’m now receiving for retail premises for beauty related uses is incredible. At present, I have lettings agreed in 4 different Wiltshire towns for such uses. A salon for hair and nails in Devizes;


salon for aesthetic treatments in Calne; and general beauty salons in both Melksham and Chippenham.


The majority of these tenants are sole traders, but most are already working either within another salon or from home, so have a solid existing customer base. They may not offer the strong financial covenant that some Landlords ideally desire, but in the current market when retail shops are hard to fill, they are a tenant. Many will actually spend quite a lot of money on their fit out so will want time in the property to get their money back on the expenditure. These occupiers can therefore be very good tenants.


A frustration experienced by both Landlords and this nature of tenant however is planning use. Hairdressers are Use Class A1; the aesthetic clinic use, the Planning authority deemed as Use Class D1; while general beauty salons and nail bars are classed as Sui Generis. The cost and time delay in getting consent means additional expense for the new business before getting open and trading and a delay for the Landlord in getting their rental income. It’s therefore not a surprise that some of these occupiers are just opening and taking the risk on planning and will lodge a retrospective application if any objection should be raised.


A simpler attitude to the Use Class for these uses would make life a lot easier for the occupiers and ease the pressure on our overloaded planning departments!


For friendly independent advice on any commercial property matter or to register your property requirement, contact Huw Thomas


Tel: 01249 704345 or 07970 494369 Email:- huw@huwthomascommercial.com Twitter:- @htcommercial


■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■


Sales Lettings


Acquisitions Rent Reviews


Lease Renewals Lease Negotions Valuations


Business Rates


56


COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MONTHLY 2020


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68