Approved: New Purpose-Built Motorhome Hire Centre on Andover Business Park

Published by Pure Town Planning on 23rd May 2020 -


Test Valley Borough Council:  Matt Annen, a director of the firm is pleased to share the news that this complex major project at Andover Business Park has recently been granted FULL planning permission. The project, which has been ongoing since the latter part of 2018, is for the erection of two new buildings across two sites for our valued client, Abacus as part of establishing their new purpose-built motorhome headquarters.

Damon Green of construction consultancy Bennington Green has spearheaded the project from the outset with the preparation of all the necessary planning drawings. Damon approached Pure Town Planning for assistance with a detailed planning submission to create a new maintenance, preparation, administration, storage and wash down facility specifically for Abacus’ growing motorhome hire arm of their business. 

The site was contained within the Andover Airfield Business Park, a site to the west of Andover which is allocated for employment within Use Classes B1, B2 and B8s. Whilst the proposed motorhome hire use is sui generis (not within any one designated Use Class), we put forward an argument to the LPA that it has elements of both B1 and B8 within it and as such the principle of the proposed sui generis use is not dissimilar to other uses within the Business Park and thus should be considered to be acceptable in principle. Throughout the planning application process, we dealt with a multitude of planning considerations including the principle of development, design, landscape, highways, drainage and amenity, constantly liaising with the appointed planning officer to arrive at a positive outcome. 

Given the current global Covid-19 pandemic and the recent Government announcement (and the fact that overseas travel looks to be restricted for some time), why not try something different for your next holiday? Imagine doing whatever you like, whenever you like… no airports, no hotels, (no crowds of people) just you. With an Abacus motorhome, this dream can become a reality by hiring one of their superbly equipped range of motorhomes, you can begin your own personal motorhome adventure and indulge in the freedom and flexibility waiting for you in the UK or potentially still Europe. Abacus are established (celebrating 30 years) in the rental industry,  and in particular 12 years in the motorhome rental industry, they now have a fleet of over 50 motorhomes in various configurations.

If you are considering a commercial development, large or small, which will take your business forward then why not contact Pure Town Planning to seek our expert planning advice.

Matthew Annen

We are Chartered Town Planners, a specialist independent town planning consultancy that was formed in Bournemouth by Directors Matt Annen and Dan Wilden. We are two young, energetic planning consultants full of enthusiasm for getting planning results.

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