Managing director, Chris Leeming, left, of the town planning and building design consultancy firm Lanpro, with head of planning, Ian Douglass, centre, and Carl Willimott, freelance marketing consultant. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Archant Urban planning in the region’s towns and cities will have to fundamentally change to help them weather the storm which changing shopping habits has caused. This is the view of a building consultant whose firm helped inform the local plan for Greater Norwich. Chris Leeming, managing director at Lanpro, based in Pottergate in the city, said the evolution in high street use away from retail demands a rethink in how land is allocated. High-profile retail casualties including Toys R Us, Maplin, East and House of Fraser have caused some to question the future role of the high street, with many concluding that broadening its offering for visitors will be key to survival. Mr Leeming said: “Planning has to keep up with technological changes and the … [Read more...] about Town planners ‘need flexibility’ to let the high street evolve
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PLANNING rules could be ripped up to breathe new life into Britain’s dying high streets, ministers declared today. As exclusively revealed by The Sun, Communities Minister Jake Berry has launched a “call for evidence” into the future of the high streets. And he signalled the Government could ease planning restrictions to make it easier to convert empty shops to residential homes in struggling town centres – and bring in new “attractions”. He also vowed to review car park charges slapped on motorists. As part of the review the public, for the first time, will be asked what “they want their high street to be like". Mr Berry said: “My department will usher in a new era for high streets and town centres to bring them back into rude health.” He added: “How do we bring people back to the high streets? We need to look at the all-round experience rather than just the product. “This starts at the planning stage, creating … [Read more...] about Planning rules could be ripped up in last-ditch bid to save Britain’s high streets
PUBLISHED: 08:50 13 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:50 13 June 2018 The High Street in Southwold on a busy summers day in August. Picture: James Bass Archant Norfolk © 2016 Pubs are struggling and a different major retailer seems to be announcing store closures each week. A supermarket boss has pointed the finger at business rates – but have changes made last year really had a destructive impact? Doug Faulkner reports. Jackie Crisp of Roche Chartered Surveyors The values by which business rates are calculated changed for the first time in seven years in 2017 – leading to fears those facing increases would struggle. Now, after a series of high-profile business failures and restructures, including the likes of Toys R Us, New Look and House of Fraser, business leaders have once again blamed rates for the high street pain. But is this a fair reflection of what has happened? The revaluation of business rates took place in 2016 and businesses were given a year … [Read more...] about Are business rates changes to blame for the struggles of our high streets?
STABBINGS are on the rise as new figures show a surge in knife crime across the UK. As violent attacks spread from cities to the Home Counties, The Sun Online takes a look at the harrowing statistics that are increasing by the day... How many stabbings have there been in London this year? At least 46 people have been fatally stabbed in London since the beginning of the year. So far in 2018 there have been 1,296 stabbings in London up to the end of April, according to official statistics from the Met Police. A glut of cocaine flooding the country has been partly blamed for the country's violent crime. In February more than 250 knives and swords were seized across London in just one week and 283 people, many of them teenagers, were arrested for carrying them. By June, stabbings were reported on a nearly daily basis, with two men in their 20s found with non life-threatening "slash wounds" in Kensington High Street in West London on June 11. On the same day, a man believed to be in … [Read more...] about London stabbings 2018 – Latest knife crime statistics and attacks from High Street Kensington to Bermondsey
PANICKED Ministers are rushing forward plans for a review of Britain’s high streets after seeing the biggest jobs cull since the credit crisis. Sources claim the Government wants to study the challenge posed by the explosion of online shopping and changing lifestyles. It could come as early as next week given fears of more big name casualties. House of Fraser axed 6,000 jobs and 31 stores on Thursday while Poundworld teetered on the brink of collapse. Experts fear more than SIXTY chains could go bust during 2018 - after 16 collapsed between January and March. The new review is being pushed by Communities Minister Jake Berry, and is expected to trigger a month long campaign to champion the high street. Critically it is not expected to pave the way for a review of sky high business rates because of demands from the Chancellor. But Tories hope it will open the door to widespread reform such as the introduction of a turnover tax on online giants from Google to Amazon Sources close to … [Read more...] about Panicked ministers rush plans for review of Britain’s high streets after biggest jobs cull since credit crisis