Town centre and high street re-vitalisation is high up the agenda for many stakeholders. The changes to shopping habits has affected towns across the country. Neil Wild has worked in many of these places as part of his property consultancy role managing clients’ high street investments and observing changes brought about to footfall and retail mix. Over the last 10 years Neil has undertaken a specific role in facilitating high street and town centre rejuvenation with services to town and district councils and to BIDs.
The methods taken vary according to the context of a place but without exception town centre commercial property and its use/re-use is a central component of any town centre related strategy. Neil's commercial property expertise is a key driver to the success of their town centre initiatives.
"Our high streets and town centres have an important social, civic and cultural place in our society… but what do we want them to look like in 2030 and what actions do we need from local and central government to ensure their longevity?" Clive Betts MP.
So says Neil Wild begins the preamble to the Government inquiry into town centres. This inquiry is due to examine the future role of the high street in contributing to the local economy and the health, cohesion and cultural life of the local community and the challenges faced amid changing demographic, technological and other trends in recent decades. I welcome the inquiry for the link that is being made at the outset between a vibrant town and not just the economic but also to the social fabric of a place and community. However unless the property profession and property owners thoroughly engage with such a conversation I tend to believe the recommendations will have limited impact. As a member of the RICS I shall play my part to help ensure colleagues do so. It’s encouraging to note that alongside the call for evidence, the Committee welcomes the views of the public on why their high-street matters and what they think could be improved about it. The public can tweet their views and pictures of their high street on #myhighstreetmatters to @CommonsHCLG
Wild Property Consultancy specialises in commercial real estate. It is a small business with its office in Banbury, Oxfordshire providing property related services to clients predominately across the Midlands and South East. Neil Wild has provided services for the following town centre stakeholders: