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National Review of Town Centres: External Advisory Group Report: Community and Enterprise in Scotland's Town Centres

National Review of Town Centres: External Advisory Group Report: Community and Enterprise in Scotland's Town Centres

Thursday, July 4, 2013

ISBN: 9781782566168

Leading Scottish architect Malcolm Fraser chaired this review of Scottish town centres, which included an independent panel of advisors from a range of organisations including a community representative, Creative Scotland, the Association of Town Centre Management, Ernst and Young, GVA, Architecture Design Scotland, Stirling University, SLAED and Federation of Small Business.

Executive Summary

The National Review of Town Centres is an independent report which details key recommendations for reenergising Scotland’s town centres.

The report by an external advisory group taking forward the National Review of Town Centres includes a number of proposals to help breathe new life into town centres.

These include:

• A ‘town centre first’ principle whereby public bodies will consider how they can support town centres before considering development elsewhere

• Working with housing providers to bring empty town centre properties back into use as affordable housing

• A town centre focus to review current business rates incentivisation schemes

• A recommendation that public bodies should consider the impact of proposals to relocate services out of town centres

• Broadening the appeal of town centres with a mix of leisure, public facilities and homes