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High streets at the heart of our communities: government response to the Mary Portas review

As part of the growth agenda, the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister commissioned retail expert Mary Portas to conduct an independent …

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As part of the growth agenda, the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister commissioned retail expert Mary Portas to conduct an independent review of the high street’s future. The Portas Review set out what Mary Portas thought had led to the decline of the high street and made 28 recommendations about what could be done to breathe life back into them.

The Government’s response to the Portas Review lays down a challenge for local partners to re-imagine their town centres and high streets, ensuring they offer something new and different that neither out-of-town shopping centres nor the internet can match - an experience that goes beyond retail, with creative use of public spaces and a vibrant evening economy.

The response also outlines a new package of measures to help high streets reclaim their role at the heart of our communities.