Retail, the high street review and the revivification of historic cores

London - 23 March 2012

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About the seminar

In September and October 2011 HTF responded to the Mary Portas BIS High Street Review by holding two joint roundtable events with English Heritage, attended by leading figures from the retail and heritage sectors. This has fed directly into the Review and will feed further into this HTF retail seminar. Places will be in demand for this insight into retail issues, examples and best practice within historic high streets so PLEASE SECURE YOUR PLACE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

This highly topical programme will include speakers from:

  • The Department of Communities and Local Government
  • The Local Government Associaton
  • The Historic Towns Forum
  • English Heritage
  • Land Securities
  • VisitEngland
  • The British Parking Association
  • And other leading figures within the retail and historic built environmrnt sectors.

Topics will cover, amongst others:

  • Strategic and local planning issues - particularly in light of the Mary Portas Review and the imminent National Planning Policy Framework
  • Design issues within the historic retail landscape
  • The relationship with tourism and destination management
  • The ATCM 10 point manifesto
  • Analysis and examples of best practice with regard to town centre management issues
  • Guidance on issues currently facing local authorities and other stakeholders.
  • The mix and retention of uses within historic town centres, including finding new uses for historic buildings.



Bircham Dyson Bell, 50 Broadway, London SW1H 0BL

Who should attend?

Local Authority elected members and officers from all disciplines; community leaders and representatives of community groups, civic and amenity societies; professionals concerned with all aspects of planning, conservation, tourism, traffic management, urban design and economic development.


09.00 Registration/coffee  
09.30 Welcome and Introduction Noël James, HTF Director

Session 1: The Portas Review and Government Policy
09.35 Government focus and direction Philip Cox, Director, Regeneration and European Programmes, Communities and Local Government
09.50 The BIS and LEP perspective Davina Tanner, General Manager, Chapelfield Shopping Centre, Norwich; New Anglia LEP
10.05 The Portas Review, the 10 point manifesto, and what happens next? Ojay Mcdonald, Research and Policy Manager, ATCM
10.20 Retail trends and the review Matt Corrigan, Chief Executive, Lincoln BIG
10.35 Destination Management, historic cores and the tourism perspective Jason Freezer, Destinations Manager, VisitEngland
10.50 The English Heritage perspective Tim Brennan, English Heritage
11.10 Coffee break  

Session 2: Design, planning and wider retail issues with historic cores
11.30 An introduction to the planning perspective Mike Straw, Director, CgMs
11.45 Does retail design have a place in an historic setting? Judith Kelly, Project Manager – Retail Delivery, Land Securities
Sara O'Rorke, Founder, CORD Ltd
12.15 The private/public development relationship Tony Wyatt, Director, +Plus Urban Design Ltd
12.35 The parking perspective:
Park it! - Sensibly and with Sensitivity'
Kelvin Reynolds, Director of Operations and technical Services, British Parking Association
13.00 Buffet Lunch and Networking  

Session 3: Panel discussion and open floor debate – the future of UK retail in historic cores
14.00 Keynote speech Councillor Mike Haines, Vice-Chair, Local Government Association, Economy and Transport Board
14.15 Chaired panel discussion and open debate with all speakers  
15.15 Retail publication update Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners (tbc)
15.30 Final Q&A All
15.45 Plenary Mark Challis, Partner, Bircham Dyson Bell
16.00 Ends  

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  HTF Members Non Members
Delegate 1 £119 £139
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Delegate 2
(from same organisation)
£99 £119
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This course carries CPD certification
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