13:40 – 14:20 delegates will choose to attend one of a selection of sessions, more details to follow soon
3A The future of housing and placemaking
This work session will explore what will make a successful community in 2030 and beyond, how we can innovate and collaborate across the public sector and industry, and the role design and methods of construction can play in enabling better living.
We will discuss some of the key policy challenges of today and how we might address those in designing communities of tomorrow. This will include designing in face-to-face interactions to address an increasingly digital world, supporting independent living in an ageing but more mobile elderly population; and creating healthy communities. We will also explore how award-winning off-site architects ShedKM are offering homebuyers more choice, responding to the trend towards personalisation and flexibility.
Angela Harrowing, Deputy Director Disposals, Housing and One Public Estate, Office of Government Property
Ellen Vernon, Programme Director, One Public Estate, Local Government Association
Hazel Rounding, Managing Director, shedkm
3B The future of town centres/High Streets
Town Centres and their High Street’s purpose have been evolving for decades as shopping habits have changed. However, the change currently occurring is perhaps the most fundamental for generations. The vitality and vibrancy of our town centres is however much more than sales strength of some retailers, but about the ability for a community to have ownership of the strategy, for housing and employment growth to be supported, for each location to develop its own USP’s and for it to be less about shops and more about place. The Public Sector have numerous roles in the delivery of this agenda and without collaboration, leadership and the implementation of a plan then the evolution may well come forward in a way that impacts on the sustainability of a town for many decades to come.
In this panel session, Alan Harris will be discussing collaboration between the community, public and private sectors. How place making, event management and the curation of places are a fundamental component to any plan and that leadership must come from local government who can be clear on the vision of the location, through their understanding of what their community needs.
The Future High Streets fund will also be discussed and the aims for infrastructure investment, land assembly, circulation around and through the town, housing delivery and the part technology has to play.
Alan Harris, Partner and Head of Town Centre Team, Montagu Evans
Panel speakers tbc