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Retail, Leisure and Town Centres

A busy town centre with retail outlets and shoppers

Tetra Tech Planning helps retailers, developers, and the public sector create successful retail, leisure and town centres developments that benefit clients, communities, and the environment.

Planning support for retailers, leisure operators, developers, and councils require expert advice in planning policies, health checks and meeting all necessary requirements.


Tetra Tech has prepared retail impact assessments and sequential tests to support development sites for some of the UK’s highest profile retailers. Our multidisciplinary teams submit hundreds of applications each year for existing estates and new opportunity sites.

Working with the advertising industry, we also help retailers maximise brand awareness through the rollout of traditional and digital outdoor advertising on business premises and free-standing hoardings.


In the leisure sector, we identify and create exciting opportunities for restaurants, hotels, leisure parks, camping and caravan sites as well as other recreation activities as part of mixed-use schemes or standalone development.

We work across all areas of the leisure spectrum from high-end and budget hotels to sports and leisure centres, cinemas, and drive-thru facilities.

Our services in retail, leisure and town centres

  • Development management
  • Retail, leisure, and town centre studies
  • Hotel studies
  • Policy advice
  • Town centre health checks and strategies
  • Retail impact assessments
  • Sequential testing
  • Peer reviews

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Our featured retail, leisure and town centres highlights

Side view of brick and stone building with skylights and awning

Sensitive restoration of the landmark Jennings Building 

Exterior view of a waterfront store with boats parked in front

A new flagship Next store in Gloucester

Aerial view of a retail park and parking lot surrounded by residential homes

Permission for Greater Manchester’s vibrant Trafford Retail Park 

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