2003 Fiscal Year Final Research Report Summary
Geographical study on the retail regeneration of town centres in the UK
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)
|Allocation Type||Single-year Grants |
|Research Institution||Kansai University |
ITO Osamu KANSAI University, Faculty of Letters, Professor, 文学部, 教授 (70116309)
|Project Period (FY)
2001 – 2003
|Keywords||town centres / PPG6 / shopping districts / food desert / town centre management / superstore / transport policy / neighborhood regeneration project|
Since 1990's, central and local government in the UK has aimed to encourage the regeneration of traditional centres and regional policy on retailing in the UK is characterized that large retail facilities located in offcentres are restricted and existing shopping districts are maintained and reinforced. This research project seeks to examine the recent trends on shopping districts and the regeneration projects of shopping districts.
The results of this research are as followings :
(i)As many new retail formats like superstores which have often impacted adversely on traditional retail hierarchy has been developed, many shopping districts has faced 'a spiral of decline'. Among them smaller shopping centres below district centres has been seriously damaged in comparison with town or city centres.
(ii)Regeneration plan of town or city centres are wider established in the UK cities and many town centres have own regeneration plan and town centre management institutes. The effect of town centre regeneration projects are varied among town centres, but in recent years many town centres have generally got good performances.
(iii)On the other hand, regeneration of smaller centres focus on shopping districts where is faced with food desert problems and is carrying out under 'neighborhood regeneration projects'. The strategies of regeneration are mainly divided into refurbishment of shopping districts and rebuilding new shopping districts.
(iv)As the regeneration projects of town or city centres have made progress, new problems on regional retail structure have been coming out. One of the biggest problems lies in the negative impact on smaller shopping districts.
Research Products (6 results)