The future growth of the borough’s retail space will be analysed after Richmond Council commissioned a study which will research the health of the borough’s town centres.
The purpose of the study is to forecast how much retail floorspace is needed in each of the borough’s main town centres in Richmond, Twickenham, East Sheen, Teddington, and Whitton. It will be carried out by Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners and will take into account the growing population and expenditure habits of residents and visitor spending up to 2026.
The study will update previous work which predated the recession and will form the basis of the long-term planning of the centres. Part of the study will include on-street visitor surveys in the centres. The report will be published in June.
Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Business, Cllr Gareth Evans, said:
“Local business is the lifeblood of this borough – and clearly retail business forms a significant part of this. Despite the recession, local business is thriving and the purpose of this survey is to ensure appropriate retail opportunities are provided and these needs are met through the allocation of suitable sites in the Borough’s local plan. A key priority for this Council is to support town centres which is why this vitally important survey is being carried out.”
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