Local identity

Historic Centres and Historic Buildings

The challenges facing retail are impacting on historic town centres and high streets. Historic England provides advice on how local planning authorities, owners, retailers, developers, local communities and other interested parties can respond to protect both the vitality and historic character of centres.

Improving a shopfront

Appropriately designed shopfronts and their continued maintenance have a great impact on the attractiveness of a centre.

Undertaking improvements to a shopfront may require planning permission. It is always good to get advice from the council’s Development Management Team. The city council’s Shopfront Design Guide provides useful guidance on good design and sets out how proposals will be assessed.



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