Briefing: High streets and town centres in 2030

Policy product type
LGiU essential policy briefing
Published date
March 14, 2019
Kerry Ferguson, LGIU Associate
Issues Covered
  • empty properties
  • Future of the High Street
  • High Street Decline
  • increasing vitality of town centres
  • local leadership
  • partnership working
  • placemaking
  • planning reform
  • reform of business rates
  • regeneration
Economy and Regeneration, Housing and Planning, Rural issues, Sustainability and Environmental issues, Technology and transformation
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Further reading

The High Street Report – The Expert Panel

Future High Streets Fund – £675 million fund to transform high streets and town centres

Our Plan for the High Street – Budget 2018 brief

Revitalising town centres – a handbook for Council Leadership – Local Government Association

Support to improve town centres – Welsh Government

Town centre regeneration – Scottish Government

Successful town centres – developing effective strategies “understanding your high street” – Association of Town and City Management and gfirst report

2018 was a tough year for retailers, with household names going into administration or announcing major restructuring and store closures. The HCLG committee concludes they are on the brink, yet with the right strategic leadership they can thrive in the future. Local authorities should be at the heart of this.

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