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Reshaping our Cities' Centres

Just what shape will our city (and town) centres need to be in by 2050?
14 September 2023 at 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM / East Midlands / Online

14 September 2023 at 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
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Just what shape will our city (and town) centres need to be in by 2050?

We all know that changes in retailing, digitisation of just-about-everything, and changing patterns of working

and living are already disrupting long-standing assumptions. Add those to the climate emergency, the drive to net-zero,

and the ecological crisis, and the challenges can look quite overwhelming.

The aim of this webinar is to step back for an hour to consider opportunities arising from the convergence

of these big changes and imagine how we can reshape our city (and town) centres to be resilient, supportive

and adaptable places. We will look at examples of positive urban change in our region and beyond, and make a

start on identifying some core place-principles for healthy city centres.

This event is designed and Chaired by Steve Kemp, RTPI East Midlands RMB Committee Member & Managing Director

of OpenPlan* .

Steve will be joined by James White and Cath Jackson, co-authors of "Not quite the ‘death of the high street’ in

UK city centres: Rising vacancy rates and the shift in property use richness and diversity”.


James is Professor of Professor of Planning and Urban Design, in Urban Studies in the School of Social and

Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, and Cath is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and

Planning at the University of Sheffield.

Paul Seddon, Director of Planning & Regeneration, Nottingham City Council

and John Latham, Chair of Lincoln BIG and Director of Regional Engagement (Public & Community), University of Lincoln.


Following an introduction, Cath Jackson will outline relevant findings from the research paper;

Paul Seddon will provide an update on Nottingham’s changing city centre; and John Latham

will do the same for Lincoln.


James White will then join the other 3 panelists for a discussion session.