Understanding retail

Problems at House of Fraser has put the High Street under the spotlight again and – while  the company has NOT announced the closure of its Bath store – it seems the local authority IS keen to understand retail supply and demand in its area.

The Jolly’s store which dates back to 1831.

Independent retailers in Bath are being reminded to give their input on Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Local Plan.

Businesses have until Wednesday 13 June to take part in a survey which has been prepared to help inform research and policy development.


Local Plans are the key documents through which local planning authorities can set out a vision and framework for the future development of the area.

With a forthcoming Local Plan consultation period set for summer 2018, work is underway to understand retail supply and demand in Bath and North East Somerset both now and for the future.

One area of interest is the need to understand the city’s independent traders and their customers, as well as the associated economic impacts on Bath. The council is keen for city-based independent retailers to respond.

Please see link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZHNR7MZ

The deadline for responding is noon Wednesday  13 June 2018.