Consultancy appointed to carry out town centre studies for three local authorities

A planning consultancy has announced that it has been appointed to carry out a series of town and city centre studies in east London, Bristol and Bedford to advise local authorities on the future of retail in the three locations.

Bristol city centre (Pic: Nexus Planning)
Bristol city centre (Pic: Nexus Planning)

According to Nexus Planning, it has been employed by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to advise on their neighbourhood centres in the eastern part of the borough. 

Nexus said it will speak with local residents and businesses to understand how more footfall might be attracted to each of the centres and will produce a "strategic vision" working with local stakeholders.

The consultancy has also been appointed by Bristol City Council to examine the city centre, which it said involves "wide-ranging market research of Bristol’s residents and city centre businesses" to understand "how it might be more agile to future trends". It will be looking specifically at the role of independent business and street markets in the city centre.

On behalf of Bedford Council, Nexus will produce a borough-wide retail and leisure study primarily focused on the town centres of Bedford and Kempston. The firm said it will make recommendations "for their future vitality and viability" including ways the town centres can respond to the impacts of coronavirus.

“In this time of great uncertainty, we’re delighted to be part of the resilience and recovery of these three British retail hubs,” said Rob Pearson, planning executive director at Nexus.

“The task ahead is no mean feat as we emerge out of Covid-19. However, together with local insights from residents and enterprises, alongside our retail study experts, we’re hopeful of a positive retail future.”

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