Summary

The last three years have seen various strands of work, by Government, local authorities and civil society to draw together policies and measures to help preserve and rejuvenate high streets and town centres, notably activity stemming from Mary Portas’ Government-commissioned review in 2011. In September 2013, former Wickes and Iceland Chief Executive Bill Grimsey released a rival review, put together by an expert team and explicitly set up as an alternative to Portas’ work, which Grimsey criticised. This briefing summarises the main points of Grimsey’s review and briefly discusses its context, reception and likely future. This briefing is relevant to councillors and officers across all areas and all tiers of local government, particularly those involved with planning and economic development.

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