Supermarkets are increasingly creating large parts of our towns, leading on mixed use development including housing.
For this report, CABE has drawn on the design reviews of 30 major schemes.
Well-designed supermarket-led development can be an asset, bringing jobs and investment. But many transpose an out-of-town model with a large car park into a town centre. The prosperity of a town centre can be put at risk if a new scheme undermines regeneration and a sense of place.
This report offers advice to planners and councillors on how to work with supermarkets to ensure that schemes are both commercially viable and enhance the place in which they are built.