High Street minister Penny Mordaunt says shops will be free to build covered lockers for 'click and collect' online orders without obtaining planning permission.
The rules forcing retailers to seek planning permission for ‘click and collect’ facilities used by online shoppers are to be scrapped in a bid to transform the British high street, a minister has said.
Under plans announced today, shops will be able to construct covered collection points without prior approval as the number of UK consumers using ‘click and collect’ looks set to double within three years.
The current policy forces retailers to seek planning permission for the facilities from their local authority, which High Streets Minister Penny Mordaunt said has damaged local businesses.
“Click and collect is set to be the next big thing on the high street, as discerning online shoppers look to the convenience of the high street as much as their computer screens,” the Tory minister said.
“Today’s proposals would help not just larger retailers but also independent and smaller shops to benefit, ensuring their premises were fit for the needs of the 21st century shopper.”
LAND Securities has highlighted strong performances by its malls in Glasgow and Livingston as it signalled its intention to off-load non-flagship assets.
The commercial property developer said the sale of The Bridges shopping centre in Sunderland for £152 million, and its purchase of a 30 per cent stake in Bluewater, Kent, underlined its focus on the "best retail assets". The Bluewater deal, worth £696 million, gave Land full management control of the centre, as well as 110 acres of surrounding land.
Land said Buchanan Galleries in Glasgow, a joint venture with Henderson Global Investors, and The Centre in Livingston had performed well amid challenging conditions in its first quarter.
It pointed to the "positive impact" made by Buchanan Quarter, the mixed retail and residential development it launched across from the Galleries last year to the city's shopping mix, highlighting that it had brought fashion chain Forever 21 to Scotland for the first time.
And it noted progress with plans to extend Buchanan Galleries, confirming that Marks & Spencer, Next and Showcase Cinema de Luxe have all committed to take space at the site next to the John Lewis department store.
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A plan to revitalise London’s town centres could see 155,000 new homes built in the capital, Boris Johnson has said.
Visiting Bromley High Street in south London today, the mayor confirmed £9m of funding for town centre improvements, to go with £221m already committed.
The regeneration of the high streets is anticipated to make undeveloped brownfield land viable for new homes, as well as providing additional living space above shops.
City Hall said the regeneration of a high street could ‘highlight the huge amount of hidden space for development … whether above the supermarket or health centre, behind the railway station or on top of a car park’.
Mr Johnson said: ‘[High streets] are where Londoners come together to work, relax, meet and play and they buzz with activity from morning to late at night.
‘However, they are also key to the London economy and that is why we must make the most of their huge potential. We are delivering a comprehensive plan that will do everything possible to protect and support their incredible vibrancy.’
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Independent Events have held an interesting pop up shop recently. The Copper & Breathalyser, tying in with the Fifa World Cup in Brazil and the increased number of drink driving incidences, the pop-up shop was designed to reflect a pub from the outside while inside there were activities such as a drunken penalty shoot out, drink driving simulators and instagram frames along with player masks to get involved with. Great to see something different!