Town Centres

News, analysis and discussion of town centre and retail planning issues.

Sign up for our new Retail & Town Centres email news bulletin.

Page Title RSS feed

Latest Town Centres News

Ministers promise to revamp and expand Housing Infrastructure Fund

Ministers promise to revamp and expand Housing Infrastructure Fund

Ministers have revealed that the government is pressing ahead with a revamp and expansion of its Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) and promised that the upcoming Planning White Paper will look at revising the compulsory purchase process.

Developer applies to build 1,800 homes in Stevenage town centre

Developer applies to build 1,800 homes in Stevenage town centre

A planning application has been submitted to build 1,800 homes in a part of Stevenage town centre that has hitherto largely been used for retail, leisure, car parking, transport nodes and social infrastructure facilities.

Government reveals 14 pilot areas for high streets regeneration taskforce

Government reveals 14 pilot areas for high streets regeneration taskforce

The government has unveiled the first 14 places that will pilot its programme to rejuvenate failing high streets and town centres.

Latest Retail Compass Appeals

Search 180,000 appeals on Compass

Follow Us:
Planning Jobs

Town Centres In Depth

How new permitted development rights for shops and takeaways will affect councils' town centre management

How new permitted development rights for shops and takeaways will affect councils' town centre management

New regulations on permitted development rights aiming to revive town centres reveal a more rigorous prior approval process than initially envisaged, say observers.

Five implications of the government's proposed PD right changes

Five implications of the government's proposed PD right changes

The proposed rights would be complicated for applicants to use, prompt councils to incur heavy costs and compromise design standards, say respondents to the government consultation.

How the proposed merged high street use class could change town centres

How the proposed merged high street use class could change town centres

Proposals for a new use class merging shops, financial services and restaurants could mean local authority planners losing control over town centre development, observers fear.

What the planned high street deregulation would allow developers to do without a planning application

What the planned high street deregulation would allow developers to do without a planning application

Proposals to ease the path for upward extensions of buildings and high street changes of use may not produce the intended results, commentators have warned.