The main sources of research, which my Department has considered during the course of its work on town centres, include:
“Vital and Viable Town Centres: Meeting the Challenge”—URBED, 2004, HMSO;
“Smaller Towns Report: Delivering retail-led renaissance in towns and smaller cities”—UCL, 2004, BCSC;
“The Role and Vitality of Secondary Shopping”—CBRE, 2004, The National Retail Planning Forum (sponsored by BCSC Education Trust, Marks & Spencer and the ODPM);
“Policy Evaluation of the Effectiveness of PPG6”—CBRE, January 2004, ODPM;
“The Lyons Inquiry into Local Government, Place-shaping: a shared ambition for the future of local government, Final Report”—Sir Michael Lyons, March 2007;
“A Balance of Trade”, Report of the Commission on Retail Conservation to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, March 2007;
“Clone Town Britain, the loss of identity on the nation’s high streets”—New Economics Foundation, September 2004;
“Ghost Town Britain”—New Economics Foundation, 2005;
“High Street Britain 2015”—House of Commons All-Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group, 2006;
“Mixed Use Development: Practice and Potential”—DTLR, March 2002, HMSO;
“Managing Urban Spaces in Town Centres—Good Practice Guide”, Chesterton for the Association of Town Centre Management (sponsored by DOE, Scottish Enterprise, Boots the Chemists, Marks & Spencer).
We have also evaluated and taken account of similar work produced by stakeholders such as individual retailers, Friends of the Earth, Accessible Retail and the Association of Convenience Stores.