Town Centre Strategies
Future High Streets advise local authorities and communities on the future of their town centres, particularly to prepare town centre strategies that will deliver real, positive, change. John Parmiter has advised the Mayor of London on a number of town centre issues, some London Boroughs, as well as district and borough councils on retail and town centre policy across the country.
John Parmiter wrote the Bedford Town Centre Topic Paper, for the Council, when a partner at Peter Brett, in 2015. The paper proposed a phased strategy approach: in the short-term, achieving an enhanced visitor attraction by improving the pedestrian environment around the town’s main heritage assets; accommodating new development in the medium term on two identified sites; and tackling the structural weakness of the retail core which has too few large floor plates, a tired shopping centre and fragmented ownership.
John has been advising the borough and GLA on the application of Town Centre Investment Management to parts of the existing shopping area so that it can complement plans for the redevelopment of the Vicarage Field shopping centre. Proposals include the creation of a food + beverage cluster, that can also tie in with the market, as well as housing intensification. John led this feasibility study while at Peter Brett Associates and worked with Citicentric, specialist property consultants.
John has been advising the City Council and Welsh Government on applying City Centre Investment Management techniques to the traditional main shopping streets, to revitalise the offer and to complement the recently developed Friar’s Walk shopping centre. The feasibility study concentrated on reducing the overall stock, improving the offer, exploiting the upper parts and upgrading the public realm to regenerate a significant secondary shopping area. John led this feasibility study while at Peter Brett Associates and worked with Citicentric, specialist property consultants, Bond Dickinson, the lawyers and The Urbanists, urban designers.