Our Future High Streets forum report

Natural history pop-up exhibition (by Portsmouth Museums) in empty store in the Cascades Shopping Centre, Portsmouth

Future Cities Forum held an important 'Future of High Streets' discussion this week with Sunderland City Council, Portsmouth City Council, Historic England, developer Igloo Regeneration, National Museum of the Royal Navy and the British Retail Consortium.

Questions were asked about the work of protecting historic shop fronts while towns and cities try to regenerate themselves post Covid-19, and how the high street will change with new uses for shop and department store properties? There was also the question over the role of theatres and museums in bringing back footfall to the high street and whether rent reductions will encourage return of retailers in greater numbers?