Grimsey’s analysis provides a sharp wake-up call without being alarmist on the crisis facing town centres. CPRE welcomes his call for sustained action from Government and the focus on strong planning for town centres to keep them at the heart of local economies and local food strategies.
This is the initial response of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) to the launch of The Grimsey review on an alternative future for the high street.
Graeme Willis, Senior Food and farming campaigner at CPRE, said:
‘Town centres need urgent life support. Despite a glut of retail that Grimsey flags up, local communities still lack the powers to properly challenge new large stores outside town centres that will undermine them. They need stronger powers to revitalise the high street by getting the right scale of development in the right place to boost its character and diversity.’
Graeme Willis concluded:
‘We’re glad too that Grimsey flags up the role local food strategies can play at the heart of rethinking our town centres and boosting local economies. As CPRE's food webs research shows, local food shopping needs to be at the heart of any vision for the future of our high streets. Stronger support to grow the distinctive outlets and markets that sell it should be firmly on the agenda. Today’s report is an opportunity for Government to think again to do just that.’