The Scottish Executive has appointed CB Hillier Parker's Scottish planning and development consulting team to review the effectiveness of its NPPG8 planning policy guidance note on town centres and retailing.
CB Hillier Parker will work with Professor Leigh Sparks of Stirling University's Institute for Retail Studies, and also with transport consultants Colin Buchanan and Partners
The study will look at the sequential approach; the proximity of new sites to established town centres and the definition of sustainable retail-based centres. It will try to improve procedures for promoting town centre opportunities, retail impact and the question of retail deprivation in some areas.
CB Hillier Parker Project director Richard Slipper said: 'We are looking for opinions on the effectiveness of the policy in promoting town centre sites, the reasonableness of the sequential approach and a range of other issues.'