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|London Goes Shopping for Shops|
- More shops needed to feed a growing city, says the GLA
NEW shopping centres could be on the way for central and south London after a report for the Greater London Authority came the conclusion that London is soon to be short on shops.
"We can't keep on increasing the West End forever," said Dr Neil Blake of Experian, the consultants who complied the GLA's report. "But there are under-developed high streets and neighbourhood centres which could be developed."
The basis of the shortage of retail space is that London's population is predicted to rise by at least a million over the next decade. That, plus increased spending power from those already here, is likely to mean more shopping trips and therefore the need for more shops.
The report is now likely to be used as evidence for GLA planning decisions, which can be expected to be favourable to retail developments.