Cornwall Retail Study

The Cornwall Retail Study (published November 2010) provided Cornwall Council with a comprehensive evidence base on town centre and retail issues across Cornwall. This included indicators of town centre health, shopping patterns for food and non-food goods, an assessment of the need for additional retail floor space in all of the key settlements in Cornwall and an assessment of potential retail development sites.

The documents include the main report and appendices, A to E, F to J, K to P, Q to U, V part 1 and V part 2, Technical Appendices part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and Errata sheet.

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Maps showing the areas of each of the main town centres that are included in this study are also available, these are:- Bodmin, Bude, Camborne, Falmouth-Penryn, Launceston, Liskeard, Newquay, Penzance, Redruth, Saltash, St Austell, St Ives, Truro and Wadebridge.

Since the completion of the 2010 study, a number of the factors that influenced the findings of that study have been subject to change, including the severe economic downturn, the potential for a change in local shopping patterns, and the development of new retail floorspace across Cornwall.

As a consequence of these factors, the Council commissioned a 2015 Retail Study Update to the 2010 study and instructed consultants to focus on an updated assessment of quantitative need (i.e. retail expenditure capacity) to support decisions on providing new retail floorspace in the main settlements across Cornwall.