Planning must evolve to save the high street

Much has been written about the struggles of the British high street in recent years, with many commentators jumping at the opportunity to write it off, primarily forecasting its death knell as a result of the growth of e-commerce and the online shop, says Ian Anderson, partner, Cushman & Wakefield’s planning and development team.

What isn’t in doubt is that the retail industry is experiencing unprecedented difficulties, with Cushman & Wakefield’s most recent Retail Resilience Index finding that only 19 of the 250 high street locations studied recorded a rental uplift over the past