Mary Portas unveils report into High Street revival

A report into how to revive the High Street by retail expert Mary Portas recommends getting town centres to run more like businesses.Mary Portas unveils report into High Street revivalThe government has also published research on High Streets’ performance which shows that a third of them are “degenerating or failing”.

Ms Portas outlines plans for cutting regulations for High Street traders and the launch of a national market day.

Ms Portas, the star of TV show Mary Queen of Shops, wants High Streets to be managed through new “town teams” who would be responsible for developing businesses in the area.

Her report recommends relaxing licensing rules for market stalls to make it easier for people to set up stands.

Ms Portas wants some regulations to be axed for High Street traders, including restrictions on night time deliveries put in place to minimise noise for those living nearby.

A national market day aimed at promoting indoor or outdoor markets and helping drive traffic towards shops is another proposal.

But Ms Portas decided against a moratorium on out-of-town shopping developments – an idea championed by some business groups.

Main recommendations

  • Improve management of High Streets with new “town teams”
  • Affordable town centre car parking
  • “Town centre first” approach in planning
  • Disincentives for landlords who leave shops empty
  • Greater inclusion of the High Street in neighbourhood planning
  • Free parking

In a recent survey, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) found that 50% of their members said the lack of affordable town centre parking had a detrimental effect on their business.

The High Street Review has been published alongside new government-commissioned research which underlines how badly affected the town centre is.

The report, entitled Understanding High Street Performance, suggests that a third of High Streets are “degenerating or failing”.

It says retail spending in town centres has fallen to 42% from 49% in 2000 and is projected to fall further to 40% by 2014.

In contrast, both online and out of town shopping have risen, with online sales doubling since 2000 to 10% and predicted to rise to more than 12% by 2014.

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