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Planning for the Future of Retail in Town Centres

Booking reference : 165 6604 17 3011

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 at 9:30AM - 4:00PM
Watson Burton, 1 St James Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE99 1YQ, UK
From £90.00 + VAT
RTPI North East

How do we keep our town centres flourishing - are we doing enough?  "This Event will review the economic, social and environmental role of town centres now and into the future". 

A variety of speakers from different agencies will provide their own views on:

  • Principles of town centre regeneration
  • The effect on town centre key traders from changing buying patterns
  • The importance of the town centre shopping centres and present threats
  • implementing a major town centre scheme - a review
  • Responding to the new retail trends and the threats to the town centre
  • Legal overview of town centre policy
  • case studies will be used to review the role and success of recent policy and local initiatives
  • debate and discussion will bring out the concerns and possible solutions for issues surrounding this emotive subject.


09.30 – 10:00  Registration & Refreshments

10:00 – 10:05             

Welcome from Chair - David Stovell, David Stovell Millwater, Chartered Town Planners

10.05 – 10:50             

Principles of town centre regeneration, Jonathan Boldock, Director of National Retail Planning Forum

10:50 – 11:35             

Supermarket Development In Market Towns: Post-Impact Study. 

Tessa Barber, Planner, England & Lyle Ltd.

11:35 – 11:50              Refreshments


11:50 – 12:35             

The importance of the town centre shopping centres and present threats.  Mark Robinson, Director, Ellandi LLP

12:35 – 13:20             

Judicial Review of Retail Schemes.  Nicola Allan, Barrister, Trinity Chambers

13:20 – 14:05              Lunch (45 mins)


14:05 – 14:50             

Responding to the new retail trends and the threats to the town centre.  Kevin Parkes, Executive Director of Neighbourhoods and Communities, Middlesbrough Council

14:50 – 15:35             

Proactive planning for town centres.  Jonathan Wallace, Director, Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners.

15:35 – 16:00         Questions, Chair’s summary and close.       


For more information and to reserve a place complete the booking form available from the link below and return it to

  • Booking form

  • n.b. all sections of the booking form must be completed.

The RTPI NE would like to thank Watson Burton for allowing us to host this event at their offices in Newcastle.

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