Supermarkets may be only source of urban landscape projects

Supermarket-led building schemes with surrounding landscape may be the only regeneration in town centres for the foreseeable future, CABE has suggested.

The Government watchdog's report found new stores and mixed-use developments by supermarkets now made up large parts of our towns and cities and might be the only regeneration available.

CABE chief executive Richard Simmons said this trend was significant, given the history of public opposition to supermarkets at a time when the Government was encouraging localism.

"With local people given real power to decide what gets built and where, it will be even more in the interests of supermarkets to propose good schemes that benefit the area," he added.

The report, Supermarket-Led Development: Asset or Liability, was based on reviews by CABE of 30 schemes from retailers including Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's.

But CABE found many schemes repeated proposals for out-of-town big buildings and large car parks, devoid of landscape and a good public realm. This was unsuitable for town centres, it said.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Dazzling display of new plants at Four Oaks Trade Show 2017

Dazzling display of new plants at Four Oaks Trade Show 2017

A wide range of first-time exhibitors and established names will showcase a wealth of new varieties at September's Four Oaks Trade Show, says Matthew Appleby.

Product and service showcase

Product and service showcase

Fresh solutions to production problems can be found among the array of products and services being introduced at the Four Oaks Trade Show, Sally Drury reports.

Sargent's solutions - the benefits of CPD for your business

Sargent's solutions - the benefits of CPD for your business

Continual learning is an essential part of the job and professionals should embed it in their work process, says Alan Sargent.


 
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Industry Data

An exclusive report for HW subscribers revealing the key development trends, clients and locations for 2017.

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Landscape Contracts & Tenders

Products & Kit Resources

BALI National Landscape Awards 2016

Read all about the winning projects in the awards, run in association with Horticulture Week.

Noel Farrer

Founding partner of Farrer Huxley Associates Noel Farrer on landscape and green space
 

Read Noel Farrer