Citation Sparks L (2004) Research Study on the Effectiveness of NPPG8: Town Centres and Retailing - Full Report of Findings (CBRE, University of Stirling, Colin Buchanan and Partners). Scottish Executive. Scottish Executive Development Department, Edinburgh. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2004/01/18825/32297
Abstract First paragraph: In October 1998 a revised form of central government guidance on Town Centres and Retailing (NPPG8) was issued by the Scottish Office Development Department. This national planning policy guideline has now been operative for five years.
Following the formation of the Scottish Executive the Development Department has taken a continued interest in the application of national planning policy including that for retailing & town centres. In Autumn 2002 the Scottish Executive hosted a retail seminar to assess the need for updated research on the effectiveness of the policy. In December 2002 the Scottish Executive Development Department issued a brief to consultants.