Useful websites

Retail Planning web links The National Farmers’ Retail and Markets Association web site. The English Historic Towns Forum web site gives information about current interests and activities of the group. Press releases are available for recent events or statements. This site gives official government department material on planning. It has a section on improving high streets and town centres. Planning statistics are available on this site. Notes on neighbourhood planning are also available on the site. Neighbourhood Statistics are at


Web site for the Department of Business,Innovation and Skills retail group page. It reports on the Retail Policy Forum and has a copy of BIS Retail Strategy.

The House of Commons Business Innovation and Skills Committee web site gives access to reports and news from the committee. The BIDs web site for Scotland has details of legislation, projects in Scotland and leaflets on topics such as key questions, town centres and multiple retailers. The Planning Inspectorate web site includes both links to the planning portal section of the site and also on-line copies of the Planning Inspectorate Newsletter. This is the planning portal site operated by the Planning Inspectorate for England and Wales. It acts as an on-line advisory service to link users to progress on planning decisions. It also includes news, blogs and interactive guides. The government statistical web site has a virtual bookshelf with almost all the government statistical publications including the Family Expenditure Survey, Labour Market Trends, Retail Sales Monitor and the Inter Departmental Business Register. In addition to sectoral data there are cross sector publications such as neighbourhood statistics. The Pedestrians Association post reports and findings relating to the use of streets by pedestrians and proposals to improve streets. Under ‘Make a Change’ there is a link to the policy library. The Association of Convenience Stores web site includes the various comments on changes in policy expressed by its membership. The Association of Convenience Stores has been involved in a variety of lobbying activities and their representations are available on the web site. There are also a number of useful recent publications. and This is the section of the Scottish Government web site concerned with planning issues in Scotland including the national planning framework documents This is the section of the Experian web site which includes GOAD plan information. Experian GOAD have for many years produced town plans showing retail premises. These used to be available from

UK copyright libraries. As a printed version is only now produced to order these are no longer deposited in copyright libraries. However a move has been made to make deposit of electronic material a legal deposit obligation. Shop counts are available under Shop*Point. Experian now owns Footfall as well ( ). The new TrueTouch segmentation system is outlined on the site ( ). The site also includes information on retail outlets in Europe. The British Retail Consortium site has no particular section on retail planning matters. However it includes key figures for the retail industry and also reports on retail topics. The Retailer is available to read online. This remains the most accessible and informative site. It has a very useful news section as well as a substantial archive of recent articles and items from Planning. The National Retail Planning Forum web site highlights the activities of the organisation and gives an outline of the current publications available. Some publications are available on-line. News updates are on the front page of the site. This is the British Council of Shopping Centres site. It is a members-oriented site giving information about the organisation. Responses to current policy debates are available on the site. Executive summaries of publications are available online as well as some reports. There is a news section and information on forthcoming events. This is the web site for the Institute for Retail Studies at the University of Stirling. The Institute has been at the forefront of retail research. Mintel publications are shown on this site. Publications are by retail sector such as food retailing and factory outlet retailing. The site includes reports on Grocery Outlets in the Pipeline, Shopping Centres in the Pipeline and Retail Warehouse Parks in the Pipeline. Navigating round this site, users should search under Research (top toolbar) and then type UK and retail in the search box. The Rural Shops Alliance web site. It lobbies on behalf of rural retailers and publishes the Rural Retailer. The Civic Trust currently working with the New Economics Foundation on Project High Street. The aim of the project is to engage the interest and support of local people as agents of change.


This is the site for the Institute of Grocery Distribution. Current publications and some news are given on the site. The Local Government Association web site provides information on the association and its briefings to government commissions and inquiries. There is a list of publications. The Verdict site gives summaries of recent reports. Location titles include neighbourhood retailing, out of town retailing and the high street. The Yellow Pages web site is a starting point for the location of retail enterprises by postcode. These can be listed and location maps of individual stores are available for postcodes. The web site for the Royal Town Planning Institute giving information on the organisation’s activities and resources as well as details of meetings. A good search facility is available and references to articles in Planning and RTPI responses to various planning issues are listed. The Association of Town and City Management site includes a range of useful material on town centre management issues and a number of online tools. For Scotland this site provides details of when markets take place and where. The Town and Country Planning Association site has responses to government consultation papers on planning issues. It also includes a section on press releases and research reports. This is the site for the British Council for Out of Town Retail. It has newsletters and on-line publications on key issues and lobbying letters and statements. Colliers CRE web site features reports on retail property trends. These are found by clicking on Market Insights on the top panel of the home page and then clicking on research reports. Regular reports include: GB Retail, Central London Retail Health Check and National Retail Barometer. Business in the Community is pursuing work on retail led investment in under-served markets. Publications, reports and progress updates are available on the web site. The National Association of British Market Authorities web site includes their current newsletter which outlines the work the organisation does in supporting markets. The site also has a news archive and photo gallery.



The UK BIDS web site includes information about BIDs. Much of the site is login only. However there is also an update on BIDs in the UK. Website of the London Planning & Development Forum, which represents the private and government sectors involved with development and planning in the capital. Selected articles from their journal Planning in London, planning performance data and a contacts directory are freely available. The Planning Officers Society website contains much useful news and comment on planning policy developments as well as a full programme of events accessible to all users, with more material for POS members. There is a document library with useful guidance on topics such as the Community Infrastructure levy and getting started with Localism. The Planning Advisory Service website aims to stimulate and support self-sustaining improvement within local planning authorities. It includes many useful tools and training materials, as well as guidance and examples of good practice from different councils across England.


www.neweconom The New Economics Foundation lobbies on behalf of small shops and local high streets. The Local Data Company site lists reports and has news links to recent developments. The Local Data Company regularly publishes reports on vacancy and openings and closures. This is the Scotland’s Towns partnership site. It is the ‘voice’ for Scottish towns. Retail trends, news and analysis, briefing papers and the Retail Health Index. An annual review is also published. Mary Portas’ website. Progress on Portas Pilots is featured on the site. Bill Grimsey’s web site. The Grimsey review and later commentaries on town centres and planning are available from the web site, including podcasts.

Web site for the Future High Street Forum giving details of membership and function.



Retail Industry and Business Engagement network web site. RIBEN promotes collaboration between research in universities and the retail industry. The web site gives current projects and knowledge exchange initiatives. A European initiative to understand towns. Publications, projects and conferences feature on the web site.