Community ownership… £5 sales… pop-up shops…?
A renewed appreciation that Heritage is a money-spinner?
Today’s Herald online carries a piece about “concerns over the number of businesses closing down on the town’s high street” – and the local MP’s response:
The high street is indeed in need of some help – and it can be done in a creative, innovative way:
Looking at the government’s proposals for the high street, ‘Hot Food’ and betting shops will still need planning permission, although is unclear as to how these planning regs will work in Conservation Areas:
The ‘building upwards’ regulations are in fact limited:
And “heritage” will impose other restrictions:
However, comment received shows concern for Sidmouth’s town centre:
“The idea that people could create their own ‘brownfield sites’ is a worrying concept when you take into account heritage and the carbon cost of demolishing and rebuilding.”
As does comment from another correspondent:
“I’m pretty sure that Conservation Areas and, of course, listed buildings, will remain protected, but I find the proposals very alarming.”
Meanwhile, whilst Sidmouth does not suffer much with neglect of historic buildings, this might well be a useful Bill if it passes. As a commentator suggests, “It is perhaps showing a renewed appreciation that Heritage is a money-spinner?”
And there are many other ideas being proposed over the last few days:
The British Independent Retailers Association is calling for new measures to protect high street traders.
It follows recent data from the British Retail Consortium and the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC), revealing high street recovery from the impact of covid-19 remains slow. The requested measures have also been set out in anticipation, and to mitigate the impact, of further local or national lockdowns.
• Confirmation from the Government that business rates will not be reintroduced in April 2021
• Consideration and implementation of a voucher scheme, similar to the Eat Out to Help Out initiative, in the run up to Christmas
• Support for retailers looking to launch or expand their online presence.