Published: 22nd Jun 2020

An independent report has called for communities to be given a say in how high streets are designed and which businesses are allowed to trade there. The report has been written by a team led by veteran retailer Bill Grimsey and warns that almost 50% of retailers are at risk of failure, as the economy slows down due to the coronavirus pandemic. In order to save town centres, the report argues that local people must be empowered to redesign their own high streets and have a say on the businesses, services and amenities that occupy it. It also adds that towns and cities must no longer be designed around the car and the creation of 20-minute neighbourhoods where people are able to get all the services they need within a short walk. Among the report’s other recommendations are Citizens’ Assemblies to create a community plan that moves beyond retail and powerful … (To read the full article, subscribe below)