High Street, Cranbrook, Kent

The Market Towns Initiative (MTI) has been developed from an initiative of the UK's Countryside Agency, (now part of Natural England). Arrangements to support this initiative may have recently undergone some changes - further information from websites listed under External links below.

News UK Edit

February 2011


Action for Market Towns to help test new loyalty card for High Street shoppers, 22 February [1]

MTI Toolkit Edit

This contains practical guidance on how to do a market towns healthcheck and advice about community participation, funding, training, transport and business support. The Toolkit also contains practical guidance for communities to set up local partnerships and create a market town action plan.

The Toolkit is designed to ensure that market towns can become

  • comprehensive local centres which serve people's needs
  • the hub for properly planned transport into surrounding areas
  • places where housing and economic growth can be managed
  • centres for local food processing and the marketing of countryside products
  • places that can capitalise on their character and assets.

Related topics Edit

Wanted pages and external links


  1., 22 February 2011