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Town and City Centres - A Brave New World

Seminar - Newcastle upon Tyne
19 October 2022 at 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM / North East England / Conference

19 October 2022 at 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hawthorn Square, Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom, NE1 3SA
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RTPI North East | [email protected]

Over recent years, town and city centres have experienced significant change, particularly through the withdrawal of many national retailers from the high street – a trend exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the world is moving on, and so are our centres, with new patterns of land use emerging.

In this full day event we will consider the importance of our centres, how the planning process can support the process of change over time and how planners can play an integral role in managing change. We will look at how town/city centres are evolving, and the role being played by housing, heritage and art/culture in town centre transformation. We will also look at how change can be delivered in practice, exploring delivery models and the role of partnership working, and how to maximise the impact of interventions.

We are delighted to have Jonathan Wallace, Senior Director at Lichfields chairing this event and we will also here from the following speakers. 

  • Paul Swinney, Director of Policy and Research at Centre for Cities
    The economic importance of town and city centres
  • Charlotte Carpenter, Executive Director Growth and Business Development at Karbon Homes
    Town Centre Living
  • Nick Bridgland, Heritage Director at Lichfields
    Historic Opportunities: heritage in town centres
  • Tom Clarke, National Planning Adviser at Theatre Trust
    the role of art and culture in town centre transformation
  • Tania Love, Associate Partner – FaulknerBrowns Architects
    Markets Matter ; their role in diversifying the town centre offer/experience 
  • Ross Lillico, Economics Director at Lichfields
    Exploring town centre transformation delivery models
  • John Sparkes, Director of Regeneration & Economic Development at North Tyneside Council
    Town centre redevelopment in practice

If you experience any problems when booking or have any question, please contact Kim Walker Regional Coordinator for assistance.


COVID19 and H&S

The health and safety of RTPI members, staff and all participants is very important. This event organised by RTPI North East will therefore only take place if local government advice in relation to the pandemic allows for group gatherings at the time of the event.  If the event does go ahead, then to ensure that everyone can enjoy the event safely, we will be asking that all participants follow the any new guidelines issued by government which may include the wearing of a mask and maintaining social distancing.  If we have to cancel or reschedule the event, a refund or credit will be offered.  

Prior to attending this event all attendees will be strongly encouraged to:

  1. Take an NHS approved lateral flow test and get in touch with the event organiser should a positive test be returned. NHS approved Lateral Flow tests are free with more details on where to order available here.
  2. Take up the Government’s advice to be vaccinated to protect you and those around you.

As part of the registration process, registrants must agree to our terms and conditions, which include adhering to our outlined Covid-19 safety protocols in place at the time and following any guidance requested by the venue.


Learn more about our speakers

Jonathan Wallace

Senior Director at Lichfields

Paul Swinney

Director of Policy and Research at Centre for Cities

Dr Charlotte Carpenter

Executive Director Growth & Business Development at Karbon Homes

Nick Bridgland

Heritage Director at Lichfields

Tom Clarke

National Planning Adviser, Theatres Trust

Tania Love

Associate Partner – FaulknerBrowns Architects

Ross Lillico

Economics Director

John Sparkes

Director of Regeneration and Economic Development at North Tyneside Council