Support requsted for boost to high street and town centre regeneration after England's riots

The director general of the British Retail Consortium, Stephen Robertson, and representatives of the British Council of Shopping Centres have written to ministers calling for a series of planning interventions in the wake of the riots, requesting practical support for the rebuilding of high streets after the violence earlier this week.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has already announced £20 million of funding intended to help get businesses trading again in streets and areas where firms were affected by this week's rioting.

The British Retail Consortium's letter says: 'We stand ready to work with the Government on these matters, as well as the important world that will emerge from the Portas Review, in order to make Britain's High Streets great places for retail once more.'

The requests also call for the proposed national planning policy framework to maintain a strong emphasis on investment in towns and cities to avoid 'the temptation of many investors to seek alternative, safer channels to sell goods and services, such as online or out-of-town'.

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