High streets must embrace resi to survive, says report

Repurposing a third of the vacant commercial space across the UK’s town centres could deliver a minimum of 45,000 new homes, a new report from planning and development consultant Turley claims. The report, which cites Experian Goad’s findings from last year that there is more than 86.1m sq ft of vacant commercial space in town centres, says that this would not only help in solving the housing crisis but also help save local high streets. Turley argues in Making Sense of Mixed-Use Town Centres that an increase in housing in town centres would increase footfall and support the centres’