Town Planning Review

Retail planning and retail change in central Nottingham since the 1970s

Town Planning Review (2013), 84, (6), 769–794.

Abstract

Nottingham has performed well amongst British city centres. This paper explores the structural changes that underpin that. Nottingham is unique amongst British cities with two large enclosed shopping centres at either side of the traditional core creating a configuration akin to the dumb-bell model of a planned shopping centre. Latterly, one of those centres has clearly underperformed, as occupancy data demonstrates, suggesting parts of the dumb-bell might also have suffered. Yet detailed analysis shows that an organically derived fashion cluster has made this a vibrant retail area. The paper concludes with thoughts about the relationship between planned and unplanned centres.

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