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Eversheds comment: Deficient UK planning policy should be pursued with more imagination and flair

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    Commenting on the role of planning policy in relation to the challenges facing UK high streets, Stuart Andrews, partner and planning expert at global law firm Eversheds, says:

    "While planning policy is quite effective at obstructing economic activity, it is veritably hopeless at stimulating the economy. Almost all planning policy for the last 15 years has been directed at prioritising and supporting town centres, but mostly by bland obstruction to change. The fact that it hasn't saved some centres from decline doesn't mean that this approach needs to be completely abandoned though. It just needs to be pursued with a little more imagination and élan.

    "The truth is that most town centres are too large, service a declining market and need to consolidate and be re-energised with residential, commercial and a varied retail offer. The role for planning policy is to provide some vision to stimulate a bit of flair and confidence, something it has comprehensively failed to do to date."


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