Consultation on Planning Performance and Planning Contributions

AR represents the property interests of the retail warehouse and retail park sector of ;the retail industry. We have over 900 members comprising retailers, developers, owners/investors and advisers, including most of the major companies active in the sector. Most of AR member’s interests are located in out-­of-­centre locations, but they have major investments in town centres as well.

Our sector plays a significant role in the UK economy and in the retail industry. In brief, it accounts for some 30% of total retail spend from 3% of all retail outlets and comprises the largest part of investment grade retail commercial property with a value in 2010 of some £39.1 billion compared with £37.9 billion for shopping malls and £30.9 billion for high street shops.