10 reasons to attend the Placemaking Summit

We present a rundown of what you could gain from next month's inaugural Placemaking Summit in London.

Sir Edward Lister: confirmed to speak at summit
Sir Edward Lister: confirmed to speak at summit

In just over a month, Planning and Placemaking Resource will host the first Placemaking Summit. The event, sponsored by PLACE LOGIC, the Outdoor Arts Consortium and CED Natural Stone, will focus on how to create great places, looking at finance, urban design, sustainability, partnership working, transport and town centre management.

It is aimed at planners seeking wider perspectives on placemaking, developers after insights on how to create outstanding schemes, and at regeneration, housing and property professionals, urban designers, architects and landscape architects. Below, we outline ten reasons to consider attending. 

1 Hear from senior policy-makers. Speakers include deputy London mayor Sir Edward Lister, Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) chief planner Steve Quartermain and DCLG development management division deputy head Tony Thompson.

2 Understand how to include affordable and family housing in new and regenerated communities. Lindsey Richards of government social housing funder the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Wolfson Prize winner David Rudlin of Urbed will discuss how to achieve mixtures of tenure and type.

3 Learn from leaders of large-scale projects. Robert Evans, partner at developer Argent, will share lessons from the mixed-use renewal of King’s Cross, and Battersea Power Station Development Company manager Miranda Kimball will explain how her team has masterplanned to maintain quality.

4 Identify town centre investors. Neil McCourt, a member of the government’s Future High Streets Forum, will explore what investors want and uses that may replace retail. Kingstonfirst chief executive Ros Morgan will discuss the award-winning Kingston-upon-Thames marketplace regeneration.

5 Gain financing ideas. London Borough of Camden assistant director Sam Monck will discuss grants and infrastructure funding with architect Deborah Saunt of DSDHA and developer David Roberts of Igloo Regeneration. Lindsey Richards will explain how to work with partners on affordable homes and Robert Evans will talk about keeping investors onside for long-term schemes.

6 Glean insights on how transport projects can have a positive influence. Robin Buckle, head of urban design at mayoral agency Transport for London, will explore how road-building can shape places positively.

7 Find out about proposed compulsory purchase regime changes. DCLG officials will explain Budget 2015 proposals for a "clearer, faster and fairer" system and explore the implications for councils and landowners.

8 Get national and local government perspectives on councils’ placemaking role. The DCLG’s Steve Quartermain will discuss how it aims to empower councils and City of York Council leader Dafydd Williams will explain how the authority maintains environmental sustainability of its projects. Camden’s Sam Monck will discuss partnership working, while Cornwall Council corporate director Michael Crich will focus on tackling legal, funding and site issues.

9 Hear government advisers’ insights into creating attractive, sustainable settlements. The HCA’s Jane Briginshaw will discuss place design with Chris Lamb, director of advisory service Design South East. How to maintain public realm quality will be explored by Clare Devine, director of government adviser Cabe at Design Council, while York’s Dafydd Williams will offer a council’s perspective on environmental sustainability.

10 Enjoy networking opportunities. Public sector speakers include senior officials from Whitehall, the Greater London Authority, government agencies and councils. Private sector speakers include prominent developers, consultants, urban designers and architects.


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