The Changing Face of the High Street: Decline and Revival

Heritage Calling

A new report demonstrates that embracing historic character makes for a popular high street, Tim Brennan, our Senior Regeneration Advisor, discusses how councils can identify and embrace historic character to sensitively sow the seeds of a successful development scheme.

Almost everyone will be familiar with the issues currently facing retailers and those involved in managing our high streets – the success of out of town shopping and the growth of online retailing has had very obvious effects on the health of many town and city centres. Add in the effects of the recession and the financial pressures on local authorities and we have a situation where many high streets are characterised by both a lack of shoppers and increasing numbers of vacant shops.

The debate about how to address these issues has become increasingly high profile in recent months, with various initiatives including the efforts of retail guru Mary Portas making…

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