Mailbox reveals plans for new skin clinic

Mailbox, Birmingham

One of Birmingham’s high profile shopping centres has applied for planning permission to change the use of one of its units to accommodate a new skin clinic.

The Mailbox is seeking the change of use for a 156 sqm unit on Level 3 of the centre.

The unit has an existing planning consent for retail use but needs the change of use if it is to accommodate what is classified as a D1 operator. D1 usage usually relates to the use of a site for a medical or health centre facility.

A statement by CBRE, submitted in support of the application, states: “In order to allow a high quality skin clinic to open in this particular unit of The Mailbox, we consider a D1 use is required.

“In order to maintain flexibility for any future change in the unit’s occupancy, on behalf of our client we seek a flexible use to allow the unit to be occupied by either an A1 or D1 operator without the need for planning permission to revert back to an A1 use.

“This flexibility will be highly beneficial, ensuring that a city centre unit within a landmark building is vacant for a minimum amount of time, in the event an A1 operator enters the unit following a D1 operator vacating the space.”

The change of use would enable the D1 operator to offer services, some of which would be under full medical supervision, including: aesthetic, indulgent and skin condition facials; oxygen, collagen, derma pen and microderm; clinical facial peels and micropeels, skin rejuvenation with laser and collagen PIN devices; waxing and laser hair removal; doctor-administered Botox and filler; thread lift and vampire facials; and Cryo Fat Removal. The operator would also be allowed to sell high quality skin care products and candles at the front of the unit.

CBRE said the proposals would deliver a number of positive benefits, including: the occupation of a vacant use, further investment into the facility and the opening of a well-regarded independent business.

The clinic could result in eight to 10 full time jobs being created, in what is an emerging sector within the city centre economy.

“Including a D1 use for this unit will complement the range and diversity of outlets at the Mailbox and within the wider city centre area, positively contributing to the vitality and vibrancy of the area,” added the consultancy.