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Retail audit

This document provides a comprehensive audit of retailing activity within the district. Included are town centres, district centres, edge of centre and out of centre locations, together with summary data on retail parades. The purpose of undertaking this audit is to monitor the range of retailing activities and the type and composition of shops currently trading. It also provides a basis for monitoring certain defined indicators of retail vitality and viability and keeps under review planning policies which aim  to ensure that all residents have a convenient access to a reasonable range and choice of retail, community and service facilities, in a manner which is consistent with the concept of sustainable development.

The audit is updated and monitoring undertaken in August of each year. Each town and district centre and out of centre location is re-surveyed, recording changes in occupants, function, use class and floorspace.

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