High Street minister Penny Mordaunt says shops will be free to build covered lockers for 'click and collect' online orders without obtaining planning permission.
The rules forcing retailers to seek planning permission for ‘click and collect’ facilities used by online shoppers are to be scrapped in a bid to transform the British high street, a minister has said.
Under plans announced today, shops will be able to construct covered collection points without prior approval as the number of UK consumers using ‘click and collect’ looks set to double within three years.
The current policy forces retailers to seek planning permission for the facilities from their local authority, which High Streets Minister Penny Mordaunt said has damaged local businesses.
“Click and collect is set to be the next big thing on the high street, as discerning online shoppers look to the convenience of the high street as much as their computer screens,” the Tory minister said.
“Today’s proposals would help not just larger retailers but also independent and smaller shops to benefit, ensuring their premises were fit for the needs of the 21st century shopper.”