How do I deal with vacant premises in my town centre?

Author HSTF

Practical Evidence Gaps are current issues affecting high streets and town centres that would benefit from more knowledge and examples. These gaps have been identified by conducting content analysis in two large sources of data: 1) the online network set up by Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) (on Basecamp), involving town and city management practitioners across the UK; and 2) the Expressions of Interest (EOI) submitted by local authorities to the Future High Streets Fund. Ten Practical Evidence Gaps have been identified. All of them have been framed as ‘how to’ questions, with the aim of helping local authorities and place managers in the transformation of their high streets and town centres.

Date added 18 November 2021
Last updated 18 November 2021

This resource is concerned with Practical Evidence Gap #3 How do I deal with vacant premises in my town centre?

This resource includes: 1) an introduction to vacant premises, 2) driving factors, and 3) responding to vacant spaces.

It also offers best practice examples of how to transform vacant spaces, as well as a series of practical action points.


Thank you to ATCM, Savills and Clague LLP for knowledge and resources.