Tag Archives: High Streets

Random Regeneration Thoughts

Just a few Urban Regeneration thoughts prompted by a recent visit to a well known town. Shop fronts and window displays don’t have to be flash or expensive, and you can often use what is already there with a well … Continue reading

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Boots The Chemist Window Display – a Suitable Case for Treatment?

Dear Boots the Chemist, You really ought to do something about your shop-front window displays. I thought this was an empty shop and it was only when the door automatically opened when I sheltered in your doorway to take a … Continue reading

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Quick and Cheap Road Calming

I spotted this bit of road calming yesterday in central London, on my way to the British Academy. It is not a ‘shared-space’ but it strikes me as a quick, cheap and effective way of slowing traffic down. It certainly … Continue reading

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Pop-Up Shops – to test ideas: and for more than just retail

One of my local town centres has been awarded tax payers’ money to regenerate its High Street but I think it has struggled with the concept of ‘Pop-Up’ shops. It took ‘shop’ too literally and assumed it had to be … Continue reading

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High Street Regeneration – blank frontages and empty buildings

Whilst in Gravesend at the weekend I came across two examples of something which Local Councils should do their best to stop – blank frontages on their High Streets. Local Authorities which know anything about Urban Design, and what makes … Continue reading

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A Simple High Street Regeneration Project

Compare this old photograph of part of my local town centre with what the same place looks like now I think it is interesting how a row of shop-front awnings in the old photograph gives the parade of shops a … Continue reading

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Local Authorities still not planning properly for High Street and Town Centre retail

Local Authorities are not planning properly nor proactively for future retail development. The Government’s Town Centre First policy, which is very clearly set out in the National Planning Policy Framework, is not being applied consistently or strongly enough by local … Continue reading

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