The pandemic and associated lockdowns have resulted in a significant impact on high streets and town centres across the UK. Combined with long-term trends affecting retail, the impact is that many high street businesses are reducing their presence in town centres or closing altogether, leaving vacant property in their wake with negative long-term consequences for these places.
We Made That have been commissioned by the Local Government Association to produce best practice guidance to inform local authorities about what they can do to address the issue of vacant units in high streets and town centres.
The team are looking for examples and case studies of initiatives or strategies that have worked well in dealing with vacancy in town centres and high streets. They also want to know if and when officers have faced challenges, and what was done to rectify the issues faced. The team are looking for examples across all scales, from small independent shops to large space anchor retailers that have left town centres.
To respond to this call with your evidence and experience, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 4th December.