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Steve Norris
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Steve heads up the National Retail and Town Centre Consultancy team based in London’s West End, following the acquisition of Strategic Perspectives (which formed part of Planning Perspectives) in December 2014.  Steve has over 20 years’ experience as a planning consultant advising local planning authorities, regeneration bodies, developers, operators, investors and landowners on all aspects of town centre, retail, leisure and economic development and planning.  His expertise ranges from preparing site (sequential) appraisals, capacity/impact assessments and spatial strategies/visions for town centres to help inform plan-making and decision-taking; through to acting as expert witness at Appeal, Call-In, Local Plan and CPO inquiries. 

His local authority clients include Nottingham City, Warwick District, Guildford Borough, Great Yarmouth, Basingstoke, Rugby, Harlow, Hull City, West Devon, Mid Sussex, Nuneaton & Bedworth and Kings Lynn Councils.  He is also providing retail and economic planning advice for wide range of developers, investors and occupiers to help unlock the value of existing and new assets/sites in different locations, including for Hermes, Realm, Salmon Harvester, Land Securities, Threadneedle, Aviva, Benson Elliot, Quidnet and Wilson Bowden. Steve was one of a handful of consultants invited by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to advise upon the retail planning and town centre elements of the National Planning Policy Framework and National Planning Policy Guidance, having previously advised the Government on PPS4 Town Centre Good Practice Guidance on Need, Impact and the Sequential Approach.  He is also an active member of the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC), where he sits on the Planning Working Group; a Board Member of the National Retail Planning Forum (NRPF); a member of the Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM); and chair of the annual RTPI Retail and Town Centre Conference.

Prior to this Steve’s PhD assessed the potential impact of Regional Shopping Centres on town centre vitality and viability.

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Carter Jonas’s Regeneration, Retail and Town Centre Consultancy Team was instructed by Southampton City Council to help inform the preparation of the City Centre Action Plan (CCAP) and Core Strategy Partial Review (CSPR).

Carter Jonas advised Southampton City Council on the potential economic capacity for new retail floorspace in the City Centre over the short, medium, and long term based on the latest population and expenditure growth forecasts. The forecasts took into account the impact of the economic recession and growth in internet shopping on the need for new retail floorspace, and also tested the ‘sensitivity’ of the forecasts based on changes in the City Centre’s current and future market share.

We were subsequently retained by the City Council to act as their expert retail planning witness at the CCAP Examination in Public (EiP) held in April 2014. The Inspector found that the evidence base was robust and the revised (lower) capacity forecast could be supported.

The Inspector also concluded that the proposed changes to the CSPR and the CCAP were necessary to ensure that the retail policies are justified, effective, and consistent with national policy.