Revitalising town centres: a toolkit for councils

This online toolkit is intended to provide practical guidance and resources to assist councils in taking a strategic and evidence-based approach to revitalising town and city centres.

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Leading a town centre revival

Town and city centres face long-term issues that merit sophisticated and sustained solutions that create new understanding of inter-related issues and cooperation between different sectors and partners in developing solutions. 

Councils and their leaders are in a position to take a broad perspective and bring different interests together in a way that those championing single issues cannot. Local authorities can take a leading role or be important partners in sustaining communities through town centre revitalisation.  

About this toolkit

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This online toolkit and the accompanying handbook are intended to provide practical guidance and resources to assist councils in taking a strategic and evidence-based approach to revitalising town and city centres. The toolkit provides suggestions of further reading, helpful resources and examples of good practice.

The toolkit uses the F-Factors checklist developed by the People & Places Partnership for creating a ‘Forward Framework’ for town centre revitalisation. Councils can use the self-assessment ‘town centre checklist’ with partners to regularly review progress with policy and practice.


Read presentations from our recent 'What next for our town centres?' event in London on 14 May 2018.