In the heavily competitive UK market, the right data centre site can be hard to come by. Exponential growth in demand means the programme is tight, and yet even once you’ve purchased the land, there’s no guarantee. Everything depends on the planning application. So how do you increase your chances of success?
Before significant investment is made. The UK planning system can be complex, time consuming and expensive. But consulting a planning expert as part of your data centre site evaluation can remove avoidable risk.
By identifying early which sites have the best chance of approval, expert planning advice can be the key to unlock a site and protect investment.
Before gaining planning approval, your data centre is hypothetical. So with everything depending on the right strategy for your planning application it pays to be prepared. While each site and project is different, considering these six steps for identifying the right planning strategy will help you set up for success.
InsightsPlanning for UK data centres
Our planning experts share their insight and guidance for setting your data centre construction project up for success.
Chris Hicks, Director – Planning, explains the Use Class System and the implication for data centre planning applications.
Demand for data centres is increasing at an exponential rate, and within the UK market the majority of sites identified for new build data centres sit in or around London. But when it comes to getting planning permission for a site in the capital, developers must prove their data centre is Air Quality Neutral. Fiona Prismall discusses the challenge this raises and how to tackle it.
When everything depends on a successful application, shaping the right planning strategy can be the key to speed and success. Chris Hicks, Director – Planning, shares his six-step recommendation.
In the UK the majority of new build data centres sit in or around London. But when it comes to getting planning permission for a site in the capital, developers must prove their data centre is Air Quality Neutral. Diesel generators make this challenging. Technical Director for Air Quality, Fiona Prismall, discusses the key questions - How does the assessment work? Is it appropriate for this unique asset class? How should developers tackle it?
In the UK nearly all planning applications are the subject of consultation and the success of an application will be heavily influenced by the views of local residents and other stakeholders. A vital step to reduce risk in any data centre planning application is therefore identifying stakeholders and building buy-in early.
Working in partnership through all aspects of the planning process we can help you to establish trust and build a shared understanding through open and transparent community and stakeholder consultation.
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