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Retail Trade: Urban Areas

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL2518, tabled on 7 September 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the redevelopment of retail space to attract consumers back to local high street shops and support their recovery process.

Answered on

21 September 2021

The retail sector remains a key part of the high street and thriving high streets will continue to need a strong physical retail offering. In order to help our high streets recover and flourish, we are:

  • Providing funding that has real impact for high streets across the whole country.
  • Ensuring planning laws help councils to be flexible and make the most of their high streets and take control of vacant property, shops and shopping centres.
  • Giving communities the power to repurpose empty shops and spaces.
  • Making sure businesses are supported as landlords and tenants of high street properties.