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Mary Portas High Street review – One size does not fit all

Commenting on the Mary Portas review of High Streets

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:

“Recognising that high streets need to adapt to meet changing customer expectations is a good step forward. One size does not fit all and for high streets to thrive alongside out of town and online offerings they need strong management at the local level and a good mix of uses. Providing greater planning flexibility and releasing units where there is over-provision will increase vibrancy and create demand for those shops that remain.”

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