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 available below. This report provides an overview of trends and recent changes that will affect the demand for main town centre uses, updates the retail and food/beverage floorspace capacity assessment and assesses other main town centre uses including the scope for leisure, entertainment and cultural uses.
A later Phase 2 report will provide a more detailed qualitative assessment of the need for new retail, leisure and other main town centre uses within LBRuT. Phase 2 will be completed in early 2022.
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).
View the following studies relating to hotels and the introduction of permitted development right for change of use from shop to financial services:
Up to: Local Plan evidence
Updated: 10 December 2021