Plans to ensure the long-term success of Bury’s retail sector face challenges from increased online shopping, council leaders have said.
Bury Council’s cabinet has agreed to appoint consultants to prepare a town centre masterplan to guide major developments over the next 10 to 15 years.
Cllr Eamonn O’Brien, leader of Bury Council, said: “Bury has undergone significant transformation in recent years, with major development such as The Rock bringing new shops, leisure facilities and accommodation to its heart, and being one of the busiest retail destinations in Greater Manchester.
“However, developments such as online shopping, which by necessity flourished during the Covid-19 lockdown, has brought seismic changes to the high street.
“Increasing rents and business rates, wider economic conditions and a shift in consumer spending away from products towards experiences and lifestyle, have also altered the landscape.
“The town centres that survive the fallout from the relentless shrinkage of physical retail are those have a diverse range of visitor and leisure attractions, modern workplaces and a reconfigured and varied retail experience, well connected by public transport and high quality pedestrian access.”
The council has cited the wider area around Bury Market and the space between the new Rock and the old Rock, as possible major focus points of the masterplan…