Retail development: evaluating the social and economic benefits

1: Toolkits for Communities

Investment in towns, high streets and local centres, plays a crucial role in building healthy, successful and inclusive communities, and the NPPF emphasises “the presumption in favour of sustainable development” as being at the heart of its commitment to economic growth.

Hosted by the John Lewis Partnership in London in November 2012, this is the first of two workshops held jointly with Business in the Community which examine ways in which a better understanding of the benefits of investment will impact on a place, its economy and its people. Tools to facilitate this evaluation are considered alongside case studies highlighting their practical application.

The workshops also consider how investors in new retail projects can increase returns and build long term value by unlocking social and economic potential in the wider community.’
The workshops bring together an invited cross sector group of practitioners from across the UK to discuss how to assess and maximise the potential impacts that retail can have on communities.

Presentations are available to view: