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Retail Development in Historic Areas

Retail Development in Historic Areas front cover

replaced by The Changing Face of the High Street: Decline and Revival

The following guidance publication has been archived. This is because it is now out of date or has been superseded by new guidance. If you would like to obtain a digital copy of this guidance for your information only please email supplying the title, author, product code and publication date.

Shops and retailing form the lifeblood of many historic areas, providing vitality, vibrancy and an essential economic base. The retail world is fast moving and highly competitive, and the challenge is accommodating larger shops and complex retail developments in historic areas in a way that enhances their competitiveness and protects their historic character. It is vital to address this in an imaginative and proactive way.

Whilst some of the references in this document may now be out-of-date, Historic England believes that it does still contain useful advice, guidance and case studies.

We are in the process of revising this publication:

  • to reflect changes resulting from the NPPF and other Government initiatives
  • to increase its scope to address the wider issue of Historic Commercial Cores.

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