The Flintshire TAP (Town Action Plan Programme) is a locally-based approach to town centre regeneration through the creation and development of town centre partnerships for 7 small towns, led by the Local Authority.
From town healthchecks in 2008, 7 town partnerships emerged representing local businesses, voluntary groups, County Councillors, Town Councillors and local organisations. An authority-wide approach helped to identify specific needs in individual towns but also helped develop a strategic understanding of the differing roles and futures of towns across the authority. The Town Action Plans aimed to develop a “top down meets bottom up”  approach, involving local people in the process and acknowledging that each town is different and faces its own challenges. Town Teams have continued to meet (roughly every 2 months) with the ongoing help and support of the County Council. The towns have gone on to develop long term visions for the future of their towns and have between them undertaken over sixty projects, including:
- town centre masterplans for Buckley, Shotton and Connah’s Quay
- improved walking access around Holywell
- a ‘sense of place’ study in Mold, identifying what makes the town special and highlighting how this could be built on over time
- public realm improvements in Shotton
 Miller Research, ‘Evaluation of Current Practice in Relation to Town Centre Regeneration’ p51