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I think the high street is beyond saving in it's current format. Like most other high streets, there is an oversupply of retail space which creates eyesores.

Conversion of these into residential accommodation is to be welcomed cautiously, as parking is already at a premium on the high road so presumably underground parking should be included in such developments?

Local authorities should also take the opportunity when granting planning to insist that any buildings on a main road such as the high street are maintained to a certain standard so as to improve on the look and feel of our high street today.