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Monday, 9th August 2010

UK: Cornered shops: London's small shops and the planning system

Cornered shops: London's small shops and the planning system
Source: Greater London Assembly

The Assembly says the Mayor should change his policies to give councils more ways to protect local shops from retail developments.

The Planning and Housing Committee documents the drastic decline of neighbourhood shops in London, and calls for changes to local, regional and national planning policies to offer them more protection.

Along with the economic downturn, the rise of the big supermarkets and their move into ‘local format’ stores, like ‘Tesco Metro’ and ‘Sainsbury’s Local’, has also contributed to the loss of smaller retailers. The report calls on the Mayor to make changes to his London Plan to strengthen protection for local shops and give boroughs more power to resist or negotiate on planning applications from big retailers.

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