Retail Study appointments for Nexus Planning
22nd January 2018
Nexus Planning has been appointed as lead consultant to deliver a Retail and Centres Study for Derby City Council. The Study will provide a comprehensive assessment of the role and function of the City’s existing centres, and consider potential strategies to ensure that the Council is able to appropriately meet residents’ future shopping and leisure needs. In order to inform the Study, Nexus Planning will undertake a series of healthcheck assessments to understand the vitality and viability of the City’s retail centres, and utilise a survey of 2,000 shoppers to understand current trends and the future capacity to support additional retail and leisure floorspace.
The Study will report on the appropriateness of the current network of centres across the City, and consider improvements that may be required in order to appropriately serve future housing growth. Nexus Planning will work with a wider project team, including AspinallVerdi chartered surveyors and Curtins transport consultants, to understand the opportunities that exist to further improve the City Centre’s offer and ensure that it is able to flourish in a challenging retail market. The existing Derby City Centre Masterplan will be the subject of a comprehensive review in order to prioritise investment and ensure that its findings remain viable.
Richard Shepherd, Director at Nexus Planning, commented: ‘We are delighted to be appointed to undertake this important Study, which will be pivotal in determining the Council’s future retail strategy and ensuring that Derby’s centres continue to meet residents’ needs. We look forward to working with the Council and key stakeholders to fully understand the opportunities which exist to safeguard the centres’ future vitality and viability.’
Councillor Martin Rawson said: ‘This is an extremely important piece of work as it will help us understand changing shopping patterns and how best to respond to these. It will help us to draw up our Part 2 Local Plan and deal effectively with applications for new retail development, especially where these might harm the city centre. It will also help us to ensure that our city centre responds positively to changing shopping habits and remains at the heart of Derby's retail, commercial and entertainment life.’
In addition, expanding on our excellent track record, Nexus Planning has also been appointed to complete a Retail and Leisure Study on behalf of Watford Borough, Hertsmere Borough, Three Rivers District and Dacorum Borough Councils. These recent appointments follow the completion of nine Retail and Leisure Studies throughout England and Northern Ireland during 2016/17.