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Planning: Retail Trade

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will assess the effects on high street retailers of his Department's planning policies in respect of out of town (a) retailing and (b) warehousing. (280905)

The headline indicator of the success of our planning policies has been the proportion of new retail floor space developed within and on the edge of town centres. CLG planning statistics published in November 2008 show that our town centre policies have shown real signs of success. In 1994 only a quarter of new retail floor space was developed within or on the edge of our town centres. By 2006 this proportion increased to 42 per cent.

It is evident from these data that our town centre policies have halted and partially reversed a long-term trend towards retail development outside town centres.