Boosting British High Streets in 2019

Confirmed speakers:

  • Simon Quin, Co-chair, Institute of Place Management. High Streets Task Force
  • Damian Buxton, Policy Adviser (High Streets and Town Centres), Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Graham Galpin, Placechanger; Member of the Expert Advisory Panel on High Streets
  • Matthew McKeague, CEO, Architectural Heritage Fund
  • Andrea Arnall, Director of Planning, Turley
  • Richard Shepherd, Director, Nexus Planning
  • Owain Lloyd-James, Head of Places Strategy, Heritage England
  • Ric Pallister OBE, Former Leader, South Somerset District Council (event chair)


Boosting Britain’s high-streets remains a top priority for Government in 2019. This is evident in the commitment of a High Streets Task Force and Future High Streets Fund to provide support to local areas, as well as several planning reforms taking place in this area. The reforms include a closed consultation on new and amended permitted development rights and an announcement that the Government will consult on changes to planning tools to support the high-street through compulsory purchase orders, local development orders, and other ‘innovative’ planning measures.

Join colleagues from across the country on 22 October to examine the latest policy developments and reforms facing high streets and town centres. We will also examine good practice in developing and managing high streets from leading examples across the country.

Key issues to be addressed:

  • The High Street Report: Findings and recommendations of the High Street’s Expert Panel
  • Current Government funding and support including the Future High Streets Fund
  • Responding to trends in consumer behaviour
  • The High Street Task Force’s role in transforming high streets and town centres
  • The future role of planning experts seconded to local authorities to boost high streets
  • Proposed new planning rules including changes to compulsory purchase orders to support the high street
  • Creating diverse, vibrant high streets – case studies of effective practice
  • Capitalising on local heritage and using historic buildings for economic use
  • The role of placemaking in transforming the high street

The event:

The morning session will focus upon the latest policy initiatives and planning reforms in boosting Britain's high streets.

The afternoon session will examine good practice in making high streets attractive places to visit

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in the health of Britain's high streets, including Town and City Centre Managers, City Centre Co-ordinators, Planners, Regeneration Officers, Elected Members, business groups, developers and landlords.

Further information:

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.

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Tuesday 22nd October 2019


11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Private Sector | 1 Place: £345 | 2+ Places: £295 each


Public Sector | 1 Place: £255 | 2+ Places: £205 each


Above prices exclude VAT


If you require a booking form, please contact | 0207 593 5657

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