The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the changes in how we work, shop, and use our town centres, whilst the current energy and cost of living crisis will change the way many households prioritise spending.
For many town centres, retail is no longer the primary driver of town centre economic growth. This means there is greater opportunity for other town centre uses (such as leisure, community, education, healthcare, and housing) to take a bigger role in supporting regeneration. It is therefore critical that town centre policies and development are in line with the dynamic changes to retail and leisure market trends, as well as the impact of planning reforms on regeneration, investment, and opportunities for growth.
This means that evidence-based studies prepared more than a couple of years ago to help inform plan-making and manage development will now be out of date. They need to be reviewed and refreshed as a priority.
Please get in touch with us on the details below if you are thinking of updating your evidence-based studies, and/or if you would like one of our experts to cast a “critical eye” on the robustness of your existing studies, plans and policies. We would be delighted to help!
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