Longfield Shopping Centre

Council eyes Prestwich for new development

Bury Council has started talks to buy Longfield Shopping Centre from Hollins Murray Group to progress the delivery of a mixed-use scheme in the town centre in partnership with Muse Developments. HMG is courting reduced offers for the retail complex, presenting Bury with the opportunity to take control of the centre and its long-awaited redevelopment into “a distinct, usable civic external space, which symbolises the centre of the neighbourhood”.A report to Bury Council’s cabinet states that it has received notification that HMG would be “willing to consider a reduced price”…

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New plans to revive Oxford Street announced

Westminster City Council has announced “ambitious” new plans to “revive” Oxford Street and the surrounding area, an iconic shopping hub in London and key attraction for luxury tourists. The new Oxford Street District (OSD) framework, developed with key strategic partners, hopes to “ensure the successful long-term future for the nation’s high street, as the greenest, smartest, most sustainable district of its kind anywhere in the world”. The plans include a “bold, new ‘Marble Arch Hill’ temporary visitor attraction at Marble Arch to be a catalyst for Oxford Street’s climb back…

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Sadiq Khan announces £5 million plan to aid economic recovery

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced plans to launch a £5 million post-Covid tourism drive to aid London’s recovery from the pandemic once it is safe to reopen. The campaign will focus on bringing domestic visitors back to the capital to help aid the economic recovery of the hospitality, retail and cultural sectors. Proposals could include “major events that showcase London’s public spaces and cultural riches”. The investment comes as part of the mayor’s final draft budget, published this week, that sees no change to the planned 9.5 per cent…

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