In an attempt to help the transformation programmes of Town centres, the Government have changed legislation  in order to allow the change of use of premises from one business use to another without planning permission (called permitted development rights). The changes apply to premises used by retail, restaurants, professional services, certain medical, creche and daycare uses and some indoor sport, recreation and fitness uses. This will make it a good deal easier for local authorities and placemakers...

So we're all waking up into a new world where things look the same but are, in reality, very different. Lockdown restrictions are easing for many - but still in force for a few as the threat of Coronavirus continues to be present. For the High Street and local Towns, apart from the initial queues on lockdown easing, this has meant weaker footfall and people still playing it safe and staying away. The new environment we find ourselves...

The dscvr app is now concentrating on what you can do during lockdown, rather than what you can’t (and it’s more than you think). We're all about making it easy to find all the exciting things you can do during lockdown which will help everyone keep physically and mentally fit! We’re highlighting amazing local heroes – from local greengrocers, butchers, restaurants and essentials shops who are now delivering.  We’ve also added listings of amazing things you can choose to do from home -...

dscvr app normally champions all things local to shop, eat and do in your High Street and Town. But that's not possible as all the shops, restaurants, bars and venues are closed due to the Coronavirus restrictions. However, there are now an increasing number of small businesses who have adapted their model to continue providing services, either by moving online or by new delivery services, but are frustrated in getting their message out. We wondered whether we...

On 11 March, the World Health Organisation declared the Novel Coronavirus as a Pandemic. Yesterday, the Government announced that, with immediate effect, all shops, restaurants, bars and venues were to close until further notice. Clearly all of these represent everyone that we represent and as a result we have no choice but to suspend our operations until the restrictions lift and we can resume the promotion of things to shop, eat and do in your local high...

The Coronavirus is having an uncertain effect on the shops, bars, restaurants and venues that we serve. We are still here championing our local cities and getting good feedback on what we're doing. Nevertheless, many organisations are uncertain of the shape of the near future. We are supporting where we can and we will continue to support our local towns and high street in whatever way possible....

We've been busy telling people about what we do - and now we're happy to let everyone know that we've entered into a couple of partnerships that we can bring value to. The first is to use our platform to provide content and information to over 1 million local users (and growing fast) over a number of UK cities. We're in discussions to determine the shape of the roll out - so watch this space as...

It's been a bit of a whirlwind since we put the app out to limited public test. We now have active communities who are using the app successfully to drive engagement. Thank you so much to everyone who has provided feedback. Thank you also to the people who have recommended the app to a friend - we have more than trebled our initial targets and the number of people who are benefiting from our content grows by the...

We're pleased to announce that, following some really great feedback on the dscvr app - we're now releasing it for limited public beta testing and concentrating on Leeds. All our previous focus group members will be given the chance to upgrade to the release version of the app and we will be contacting everyone shortly. Our aim is to get feedback from more people and we will work to get around everyone to get feedback. The dscvr app...

We've been testing our new app and holding Focus groups to help us shape the experience and get real feedback. We're looking for new people to help us test our new app and give us candid views, improvements and suggestions. We're looking for people who have 1-2 hours spare within the next 2 weeks. You'll be asked to join a small group in a relaxed and professional environment and to download our new app to your phone. You'll...