Next month, Planning and its sister website Placemaking Resource will host the inaugural Placemaking Summit in London.
The event focuses on the factors that, along with planning, are key to the creation of great places, such as finance, urban design, sustainability, partnership working, transport and town centre management.
It is aimed at planners who are interested in a broader perspective on placemaking, developers who want to gain insights into why some schemes are better received than others, as well as regeneration, housing and property professionals, urban designers, architects and landscape architects.
Below we list ten reasons for delegates to consider attending the event.
1 Hear government advisers’ insights on how best to deliver new settlements that will be attractive and sustainable in the long-term. Jane Briginshaw of the government’s Homes and Communities Agency will discuss how to deliver well-designed new places with Chris Lamb, director of the advisory service Design South-East. How to maintain long-term public realm quality will be explored by Clare Devine, director of government adviser Cabe at Design Council. City of York Council leader Cllr Dafydd Williams will offer a local authority perspective on how to maintain environmental sustainability.
2 Gain ideas on how to finance projects. Camden Council assistant director Sam Monck will discuss how to obtain available grants and innovative infrastructure funding methods with architect Deborah Saunt of DSDHA and developer David Roberts of Igloo Regeneration. The HCA’s Lindsey Richards will explain how to work with investment partners to deliver affordable homes. And King’s Cross developer Robert Evans will talk about keeping investors on board during a long-term development.
3 Identify the town centre investors of the future. Former Tesco retail managing director Neil McCourt, a member of the government’s Future High Streets Forum advisory group, will explore who will invest in town centres in the future, what they will be looking for and what other community anchor uses might replace retail. Lessons of the award-winning Kingston upon Thames market place regeneration will be shared by Kingstonfirst chief executive Ros Morgan.
4 Hear directly from senior officials who sit at the heart of policymaking on place. Speakers include Greater London Authority chief of staff Sir Edward Lister, Department for Communities and Local Government chief planner Steve Quartermain and DCLG development management division deputy head Tony Thompson.
5 Learn from leaders of large-scale development projects such as King’s Cross and Battersea Power Station. Lessons from the long-term King’s Cross mixed use regeneration project will be shared by Robert Evans, partner at its developer Argent. Battersea Power Station Development Company manager Miranda Kimball will explain how her team has used masterplanning with the aim of ensuring quality is maintained at every stage of the project.
6 Pick up central and local government perspective on councils’ role in creating better places. DCLG chief planner Steve Quartermain will discuss how DCLG aims to empower local planning authorities in their placemaking role and support them on delivery. City of York Council leader Cllr Dafydd Williams will explain how his authority maintains the environmental sustainability of its placemaking projects. London Borough of Camden assistant director Sam Monck will discuss partnership working. Meanwhile, Connwall Council corporate director Michael Crich will focus on how the county has aimed to solve legal, funding and site issues in its development initiatives.
7 Pick up insights on how to ensure that road-building and other transport projects help to shape places positively rather than negatively. Robin Buckle, head of urban design at mayoral agency Transport for London, will explore how this can be achieved at a time of financial constraints. He will also discuss how to maximise the potential for movement between places.
8 Be briefed on the DCLG’s proposed changes to the compulsory purchase system by a senior government official. DCLG development management division deputy head Tony Thompson will explain the proposals unveiled in Budget 2015 to make the system "clearer, faster and fairer". He will also explore the implications for planning authorities and landowners.
9 Understand how to include affordable and family housing in new and regenerated communities. Lindsey Richards of the Homes & Communities Agency, the government’s social housing funder and regulator, will explain how to ensure schemes include affordable homes. Wolfson Prize winner David Rudlin of Urbed will discuss how to provide family homes in high density developments.
10 Enjoy public-private networking opportunities. Public sector speakers include a mix of senior officials from Whitehall, the Greater London Authority, government agencies and local authorities. Private sector speakers include prominent developers, consultants, urban designers and architects. The audience at previous Planning and Regeneration & Renewal conferences has been equally mixed, offering plenty of potential for cross-sectoral networking.