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Town centres, retail and leisure

The planning system places an emphasis on undertaking research to inform planning policies. We have prepared and commissioned a number of studies which provide advice and information on town centres, retail and leisure.

Retail and Leisure Needs Assessment 2021-2022

We have commissioned Lichfields to undertake a Retail and Leisure Needs Assessment to inform the new Local Plan. The Phase 1 report is expected to be published later this year.

Previous studies

View the earlier Town Centre Health Checks (2013), the Retail Study (2014), Distribution of Convenience Provision: Identifying Gaps in Provision and Analysis of Town and Local Centres 2006/7 (incorporating health checks for main town centres).

Other studies

View the following studies relating to hotels and the introduction of permitted development right for change of use from shop to financial services:

Updated: 03 December 2021