Changing lifestyles and 21st Century views of the world have created a strong demand for town centre living. Most towns now have people living in central areas, as this generates footfall; when there are people living in the town centre, there is a need for more services and shops to match their needs. Locally we can see how the Old Town-High Street has changed and improved since it became more residential.
More people in the town centre will lead to a wider range of retailers, restaurants and leisure facilities. The town centre will not close at 17.30pm and there will be vibrancy in the evenings. With housing supply in short demand SBC is also committed to 500 new social rented homes across the town as a whole by 2025.