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 St Austell (out-of-town development recently refused), 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
The winners of the latest round of the Coastal Communities Fund have been announced – and applications are now open for the next round of funding.
Neighbourhood Planning – a) you’ve heard of it and are considering it, b) you know you want to do it, c) you’ve started doing it.
But whether you’re a), b) or c), you know a little help and guidance would not go amiss – and that is just what this workshop will give you.
Wednesday 16 April, Axminster, Devon – Buy 1 Place Get 1 Free if you book by 24 March.
High streets Minister Brandon Lewis has addressed the queries compiled by AMT Towns Alive from discussions amongst towns attending the recent national Towns Alive event.
AMT Towns Alive and our partner, Hidden Britain are working together to help towns, villages and communities understand how they can improve their visibility and make the most of opportunities to boost footfall.
This is a great event for town councils, community groups and other local interest groups to find out how to improve the profile of their towns and do it at low cost!
When & Where: Tuesday 25 March, Newark, Nottinghamshire – Find out more and book here
A new report highlights MPs’ concerns that cuts to Defra’s budget put its ability to deal with floods at risk – and says there are risks of delayed payments to farmers over the next 12 months.
In an interview with AMT Towns Alive’s Jamie Veitch, Richard Eyre of Sheffield City Council talks through the Council’s successful strategies to support retail and generate footfall