Retail development includes convenience and comparison shopping. Convenience shopping caters for people's day to day needs, including food and household goods. Comparison shopping includes any other goods such as clothing, furniture and household appliances.
Town centres provide important concentrations of retail alongside other uses such as leisure, food and drink, offices and housing. This range and mixture of uses ensure that town centres offer vibrant destinations for recreational and social activities.
The planning system ensures that retail and town centre uses are located in the most suitable locations in order to support these activities and cater for the needs of their catchment population.
In order to inform Telford & Wrekin Council's planning approach, a Retail and Leisure Study has been undertaken. This provides the evidence to guide planning decisions and the retail and town centre planning policies within the new Shaping Places Local Plan.
Please note that this study provides the evidence to inform the Council's planning approach. It does not constitute the Council's own approach or policies in relation to retail development. This will be established within the Shaping Places Local Plan. For further information please contact the Development Plans team.