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Planning for the Future of Small and Medium Sized Towns

Securing economic resilience outside the UK's main cities

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 at 10:30AM - 3:30PM
Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay, LL29 7SP

How can planners and policy makers help small and medium sized towns secure a strong and sustainable economic future?

Working in collaboration with European research partners, the RTPI has been investigating resilience in small and medium sized towns during the recent economic downturn.

This will be a varied and informative event and will provide an opportunity to interact with experts in planning, economic development, and regeneration about the challenges facing small and medium sized towns across the UK.

To book a free place at this event please email

The vast majority of current research on successful places is focused on cities, but yet half the UK's population still lives outside the main urban conurbations. This event will be an excellent opportunity to meet with those with an interest in planning and sustainable growth in small and medium towns and discuss the latest ideas and research, and how these can be put into practice by planners and policy makers.


10:30 – Welcome from local representatives, refreshments and networking.

10:45 – RTPI: Overview of latest research outputs discussing some of the factors and policy initiatives that can ensure economic resilience in small and medium sized towns.

11:00 – Professor Cliff Hague: Distillation of latest ESPON research with focus on small towns

11:45 –  Regeneration Wales: Presentation of relevant, local case studies.  

12:30 – Lunch and refreshments provided. Further networking opportunities.

13:30 – Professor Rob Atkinson and Doctor Ian Smith (UWE): Review of latest economic and analytical trends for small and medium towns and associated policy implications.

14:15 –  Rob Dix - Head of Business and Enterprise, Conwy Borough Council: Positive outcomes and lessons learned from the Colwyn Bay experience.

15:00 – Further discussion.

15:30 –  Close.


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