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Town Centers in Banbury - Advice from Neil Wild

Neil Wild has developed an excellent reputation for his work in aiding high street vitality within Oxfordshire towns.  In 2020 Neil was appointed by the High Street Task Force as one its recognised professionals until 2024 - enabling Neil to be commissioned by a Council or other stakeholder, via Government funding, to provide expertise and support for high street strategy and innovation.

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.

High Streets matter.

"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.

Neil Wild recognises the important economic and social function for a community played by town and city centres. As a result Wild Property places high regard for the importance of town centre strategy to ensure the economic vitality of an urban place.

Neil through his work with the High Street Task Force keeps close to Government policy on urban centres. Recent inquiries and follow up reports have examined the 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.  Neil Wild views the conclusions reached as welcome - for the link that is being made 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 Neil tends to believe the recommendations will have limited impact.  Neil is a member of the RICS and Institure of Place Management and will play his part to help ensure colleagues do so too - as well as ensuring the inclusion of local communities in helping and shaping the future of their towns and urban spaces.

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:

  • Cherwell District Council
  • South Oxfordshire District Council
  • The Vale of White Horse District Council
  • Swindon Borough Council
  • In Swindon BID
  • Banbury Business Improvement District
  • Banbury Town Council
  • Wallingford Town Council


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