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High streets and town centres in 2030: HCLG Committee begins investigations

10 September 2018

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee publishes written evidence submitted to its inquiry into the future of high streets and town centres, ahead of the first oral evidence session on Monday 10 September.


Monday 10 September in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 4pm

  • William Grimsey, Chairman, The Grimsey Review and The Grimsey Review 2
  • Professor Cathy Parker, Chair, Institute for Place Management
  • Dr Andres Coca-Stefaniak, Associate Professor, Department of Marketing, Events and Tourism, University of Greenwich

The inquiry

The high streets and town centres in 2030 inquiry is examining the future role of high streets and town centres, how they might respond to the challenges posed by demographic and technological changes and local government's role in supporting this.

Submissions have been received from business, retail and hospitality groups, as well as academic organisations and individuals. Among the 78 submissions published [here] is written evidence from the British Retail Consortium, Revo, the British Property Federation, the Association of Town and City Management and the Institute for Place Management. Evidence has also been received from the LGA, along with individual local authorities.

On Monday, the Committee will be questioning academics and experts on high street and town centre performance, the role of local government and local partnerships and the impact of recent government initiatives. Future sessions are likely to focus on issues including trends in the retail and service sectors, business rates, rents and different strategies and initiatives to improve town centres.

Further information

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