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TOWN CENTRE SHOPS SURVIVE RETAIL BLITZ

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Retail parks do not damage town centres, an attack on government proposals for town centre planning policy has clai...
Retail parks do not damage town centres, an attack on government proposals for town centre planning policy has claimed.

The protest came from representative bodies Accessible Retail, the British Property Federation and the Shopping Park Investors Forum.

They said the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Planning policy statement 6: planning for town centres wrongly blames out-of-centre retail warehousing for town centre decline.

Research on behalf of the bodies by MORI and Experian found growth in out-of-centre bulky goods retailing helps maintain and improve town centre vitality, not damage it.

In the last 10 years, retail sales per square foot have grown 60% in the high street compared to only 20% in out-of-centre locations.
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