Sir: You have to remember the practical aspects of out-of-town developments (‘Portas blasts government over out-of-town developments,’, 2 June). If a retailer asks to build a 40,000 sq ft out-of-town store, there is little the local authority can do to convince it to open in a town centre instead. They could refuse permission, but that doesn’t help the town centre. If retailers don’t want in-town centre space, planners can’t change their minds.

Consumers have the choice to shop where they want. Out-of-town retailers are giving consumers what they want. Take a look at town centre retailers who do far from that.

Andrew Stevens, senior analyst, Verdict Retail