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Successful town centres are the focus for a wide range of community and commercial activities. They provide a unique sense of place, character and identity. National planning policy should, therefore, establish a mix of uses and activities in town centres and, in particular, retail development. At the same time it should recognise that other commercial centres may sometimes be a better place to locate some forms of retailing and related developments.
Scottish Planning Policy provides planning policy on town centres and retailing and is supported by PAN 52 Planning in Small Towns and PAN 59 Improving Town Centres.
Research: Town Centre and Retailing Methodologies
National Retail Planning Forum
For further information on Town Centres and Retailing please contact:
Helen Wood 0131 244 7534
Page updated: Thursday, March 21, 2013