A BBC News NI article by Cormac Campbell (1/10/2023) looks into some examples which show the potential for historic building restoration and reuse to help revitalise town centres in NI.
In recent years the closure of many banks, post offices and police stations has created prominent gaps in towns and city centres.
The high street has also been battling competition from online and out-of-town retailers.
This has forced a rethink of the shape of commercial areas.
Downpatrick’s local regeneration working group has launched a new Living High Streets Framework document to bring life back to the town.
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