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Anchor, belong, connect: The future of town centres

The final report of the Liverpool City Region Town Centres Commission

Town centres, are not just physical places; they anchor, belong and connect to us in ways that are both tangible and intangible. As we try to see a future beyond Covid-19, we must come to terms with how town centres have changed and the challenges and opportunities that this presents for all of us. 

IPPR North were commissioned to manage the Liverpool City Region Town Centres Commission, which was established in January 2020. IPPR North’s role included chairing the commission, providing the secretariat, and conducting qualitative and quantitative research within the limitations of the restrictions required to manage the pandemic. 

This report constitutes the final report of the commission.