As an independent review of the planning system reveals that the Government’s Town Centre First policies are failing, with Councils across the country approving millions of square feet of new out-of-town retail development, AMT Towns Alive is ramping up its Town Centre First WATCH campaign.
Our new Town Centre First WATCH page will bring you the latest updates on where the policy is and isn’t being applied – including the tracking of planning applications.
Among the towns we’re watching are Frome (large supermarket expansion just approved, another supermarket application just received), Alsager (where a town centre supermarket appears to be reviving the town’s fortunes) and Soham (a 41,000sq ft supermarket has been approved on the outskirts).
>> Find out more about our Town Centre First WATCH campaign
An independent review of the planning system has revealed that the Government’s Town Centre First policies are failing, as Councils across the country approve millions of square feet of new out of town retail development.
AMT Towns Alive has welcomed new measures aimed at helping to boost and diversify towns’ economies – but also called for a “more rigorous application of the government’s Town Centre First policy.”
The Government has launched a consultation which “invites views on local authority parking strategies and government options for parking enforcement.”
An interview with Bill Grimsey, author of a recent independent report into the future of the high street
Fiona Bruce MP is to take towns’ concerns and reflections about what more Government should do to support market towns directly to the high street Minister Brandon Lewis. These are the key points raised in discussions at Towns Alive ’13.