COMMENT: Across the UK, there is an energetic debate that explores how all our town and city centres can be revitalised. The trigger for the discussion is the decline in retail activity as brands struggle with structural changes affecting how consumers purchase goods. My view is that higher education institutions remain an untapped sector that should be part of the mix in helping to revitalise struggling centres, and that planning authorities, town/city centre managers, stakeholders and university teams can work together to address the challenges, to the benefit of all.
Stakeholders with long-term interests in securing their town and city
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