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High Street crisis: 'Live, work, enjoy and shop'

Rejuvenating town centres requires radical action on a scale not seen since the building programmes of post-war Britain, according to a new report.

The Distressed Town Centre Property Taskforce says structural changes needed in retail are so fundamental, many towns and cities need reshaping.

Speaking to BBC, the chairman of the taskforce, Mark Williams said that the rise of online shopping had let to a surplus of retail space.

He suggested High Streets had become dominated by retail and should return to their "original purpose" and become places people "live, work, enjoy as well as shop".

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