Published: 5th Apr 2019

An enormous change has taken place in retail in recent years; the traditional pattern of shopping in physical stores has been profoundly changed by the growth of online shopping and Britain’s high streets have become increasingly empty and tired. In order to consider what role local authorities can play to encourage thriving town centres, the way city centres and the high street have changed over the years must be considered. Recent studies propose activity-based community gathering places as a solution, where retail comprises part of a wider range of uses and activities including: green space; leisure; arts and culture; and health and social care services; Which combined with social housing create a space based on social and community interactions, in short changing the high street to a ‘leisure and social destination’. Local government, central government and retailers all have a part to play in achieving this vision. The policies and priorities … (To read the full article, subscribe below)