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EDINBURGH SET TO BAN MORE OUT-OF-TOWN SHOPPING

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Edinburgh is set to become one of the first Scottish local authorities to clamp down on out-of-town shopping develo...
Edinburgh is set to become one of the first Scottish local authorities to clamp down on out-of-town shopping developments, reports The Scotsman (p7).

The council's economic development committee will next week consider a report setting out a new retail strategy for the city centre.

Edinburgh's plan, which will result in the promotion of city centre shopping as the sustainable alternative to the growth of out-of-town developments, coincides with an initiative due to be announced today by Calum MacDonald, the Scottish minister responsible for planning.

The guidelines will lay down that local authorities should only allow such developments when no suitable town centre site is available.

The Edinburgh report, Towards a Retail Strategy for Edinburgh City Centre, gives a warning that the future vitality of the city centre can no longer be taken for granted. It advises that all organisations with a stake in the city centre will need to adopt a more proactive and concerted approach if it is to meets competitiors head-on and enable it to emerge on top.
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