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Planning and retailing

Tuesday, 19 May 2020 at 9:30AM - 2:00PM
321 Bradford St (Ground floor), Birmingham B5 6ET
RTPI West Midlands

From the 1970s for some four decades new retail developments created many challenges for the planning profession. Changes in the socio-economic structure of the UK reflected in such factors as greater personal mobility with increasing car ownership, larger number of women in the workforce, greater affluence, world-wide travelling etc. promoted greater suburbanisation of retail development as central areas became congested and inaccessible.


Mirroring shopping developments gaining credence in North America (malls) and mainland Europe (hypermarkets and retail warehouses) the traditional structure of UK retailing came under increasing examination. Established spatial hierarchical patterns were rigorously examined as retailers and developers sought planning permissions, often involving planning inquiries. Whilst new retail developments have not totally been abandoned the focus for planners has become increasingly on how to stem the impact of on-line retailing on the physical fabric of the existing retail structure in many areas, both in-town and suburban facilities.


This seminar will seek to examine where and how planning can contribute to accommodating the changing demands presented by consumer behaviour and business requirements including on what policies should be focussed in the future.

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of the changing patterns of consumer behaviour since the 1970s and how this has affected the requirements of current and future retail developments
  • Assess how planning can accommodate this change in consumer behaviour and business requirements
  • Assess current planning policy regarding retail developments and possible future policy developments

Core CPD Framework:

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  • Infrastructure Planning & Economic Development



Delegate fees and how to book

We are pleased to offer early bird rates with 15% off all delegate fees until 28 February.

To take advantage of this offer please book online and pay with a credit/debit card by following the online booking prompts below.

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Non-member (Early Bird rate) £51.00 + VAT: £10.20
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