Thursday, February 2, 2012

All change?

Plea to turn failing High Streets into homes

Mr Wrigley said: "Unlike Mary Portas, I don't think we can continue to try to muddle through supporting the traditional high street model." He said deserted High Streets were victims of an irreversible trend to shopping malls, supermarkets and internet retailing and the government should relax planning laws instead to allow the mass conversion of failing town centres into housing.

Posted by phil @ 12:28 PM (1767 views)
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9 thoughts on “All change?

  • How about bulldozing them then building Tesco and other large stores in the town centres?

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  • sibley's b'stard child says:

    Perhaps i’m hallucinating but I could have sworn there was a post regarding Bristol Council’s meddling in housing affairs.

    Or has it fallen-foul of being, bizarrely enough, relevant to HPC?

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  • How about scrapping VAT for small stores, particularly in impoverished parts of the Country. Or best of all, scrap it period. See the shops all of a sudden return.

    We could fund that by erm, maybe pulling back home our troops and barring ALL non-citizens from ANY NHS or social security or indeed any State support. End our 4.5% funding of the Euro bailouts via the IMF. Pull out of the EU, stop funding it and scrap the stupid laws which they imposed that have decimated our economy.

    Enough already. Just admit it, Marx was wrong, a command and control economy doesn’t work. Stalin proved that. All it ends with is starvation, collapsed economies and eventually genocide when the government strikes its people to save itself. And don’t tell me it won’t happen here. We now know that troops are being trained to take on protestors and have been asked whether they will shoot members of the public. Iraq was a training ground for clamping down on the British and American people.

    Believe me, people will be pissed when they cannot buy food or fuel. That is already here for many.

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  • libertas,
    Every day I hear pleading from some special interest. “Oh why doesn’t the government give tax breaks to the film industry? We’d create lots of jobs in film production!” Your request for a VAT break for small stores is just the same. By the way, would a Tesco Express count as a small store? Does your definition of “impoverished” parts of the country include the borough of Tower Hamlets, where benefit claimants live cheek-by-jowl with bankers?

    The EU may be rubbish, but even using UKIP’s figures (the most extreme) the net cost of the EU is £10.3 billion. That’s a drop in the ocean compared to the UK government’s £711bn annual spend, or the £589bn revenues [source: Wikipedia].

    – “Believe me, people will be pissed when they cannot buy food or fuel. That is already here for many.
    Seriously? We give pensioners a whopping great Winter Fuel Allowance so fuel prices aren’t an issue. Food has rarely been cheaper: in fact the UK is in the midst of a growing obesity crisis, and the poorest people are also the fattest.
    Show me some data and I will take you seriously.

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  • Suffers from the problem of being a large amount of additional housing… and the obvious course of action, hence all the desperate attempts to refloat the traditional high street.

    Looks like we are going to have in your face derelict shopping areas to maintain the housing shortage.

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  • dohousescrashinthewoods says:

    A different angle:

    – many countries have a model of apartments above shops in town, rather than separate suburbs and centres
    – perhaps it’s actually the suburb that has had it’s day and needs consolidating into town
    – people often say it would be nice to have local stores nearer home
    – kids get bored on housing estates where there’s nothing to do

    So, if much of the high-street was converted into housing, it would bring customers close to the shops (convenience to compete with the Internet) create community in the centre and provide new housing without eating up green-belt.

    Wrigley meets Portas.
    Sounds good to me.

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  • dohousescrashinthewoods says:

    (plus the eco angle of people not needing to drive to town if they live there)

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  • seems they are converting offices in the city to apartments, soon we will have too many residential properties, all crappy apartments and mews

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  • I shop at local stores whenever possible as I have a firm belief in helping to put incomes and spending back into the local community. I also like the idea that shops retain some individual character. At the same time I will go to the major grocery stores for convenience (but feel uncomfortable that the profits go to a select group that has no interest outside the exclusive areas that such people live in).

    But I have to agree with the view expressed by Phil Wrigley ONLY because the alternative is unlikely to happen: stop giving these out of town faceless retail parks planning permission. The problem in the last 20 years is that we have not changed planning laws on the high street BUT have given planning permission to retail parks on land that until 20 years ago would have been used for housebuilding.

    Anecdotally. In the West London borough that I used to live in the retail parks now use a surface area that would easily have provided 10,000 3 bedroom house units (far more as apartment blocks).

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