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Jeff East
Land & Commercial
Jeff is 23 years into his career at Acorn having joined as a Trainee Negotiator at the tender age of 18. He co-founded Acorn’s Commercial & Development Division in 1999, and has sold and let all manner of commercial properties and development opportunities in the intervening years.

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Questions Recently Answered by Jeff


What areas does your commercial department cover?


We have offices in London Bridge & Bromley, and therefore tend to focus on business within SE London and North Kent. For investment or development business, or for freehold sales we often travel further afield though. Please contact our team on 020 7089 6555 (London) or 020 8315 5454 (Kent) – our staff will be more than happy to confirm if we are the best people for the job.


What are commercial classes, and can I change the use to suit me?


Most UK commercial properties have their use defined by a local authority that has jurisdiction over them. This allows local town and country planners to ensure that their plans for a property or an area can actually happen. 

Our class order guide will show you which is the correct one for your business. Some landlords will consider an offer subject to a change of use, but uses such as A3, A4 & A5 often prove contentious. If you are looking to open a restaurant, bar or takeaway you would be well-advised to look for a property with the requisite use already in place.


Can you recommend commercial solicitors or specialist consultants?


Yes, certainly. We work closely with several firms of solicitors and recommend all manner of consultants with expertise in planning, architecture, flood risk, ground conditions, rights to light and much more. If you want to be put in the right direction please call us on 020 7089 6555 (London) or 020 8315 5454 (Kent) to discuss in more detail. 

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