Colliers back Mary Portas’ ‘Town Team’ regeneration

Commercial property experts at Colliers International’s Bristol office have backed TV retailing guru Mary Portas’ plans to set up ’Town Teams’ in a bid to halt the decline of Britain’s High Streets.

The government has accepted a set of recommendations from Mary Portas covering the creation of Town Teams, the need to put town centres first when considering planning issues and the importance of affordable parking.

Planning specialist James Edwards said a dynamic Town Team could play a crucial role in reinvigorating struggling High Streets.

He said: “It is essential that the composition of the Town Teams proposed by Mary Portas is reflective of the specific town centre needs and the direction that the town wishes to go.

“It is also important that property and planning professionals are fully utilised within the Town Teams alongside the local councillors, landlords and business owners who would bring in-depth knowledge of their particular patch.”

James Edwards’ comments follow the Government’s announcement that it had accepted “virtually all” the recommendations contained in Mary Portas’ report on how to enhance High Streets.

Among schemes to be adopted is a new £10m innovation fund, a national Markets Day to be held on Saturday June 23 to encourage visitors to town centres, a £1m future High Street fund and a further £500,000 fund to help towns access loans.