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The Future for Town Centres: Death or Evolution?

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Time: 9.30am - 10.30am

The Future for Town Centres: Death or Evolution?

Offices have polarised into the larger/mega centres and the only solution so far for unwanted space has been to create residential dormitory areas with associated increased commuting. The paradigm of the town centre as a multi-activity hub appears to be under threat.

These changes are not consistent with the desire for sustainable communities and self-sufficiency of local areas based on thriving diverse economies, social inter-actions and reduction of environmental impacts.

This one day inter-active conference brings together a range of policy makers, investors and developers and local commercial and other stakeholders to explore these emerging key questions:

• Where is property demand going to come from?
• What IS the role of the town centre? Economic or civic or social?
• Beyond food and drink- will creative industries be the way forward?
• How should we fund less successful centres?
• Stimulating developer activity: what should planners do?
• What is the role of local businesses?
• Community/civic engagement - will it work?

The day is structured around key speaker presentations, participant workshops and a final panel session.
Confirmed Speakers include:

• Jon Rouse, Chief Executive Croydon Borough Council
• Joanna Rowelle, Assistant Director Capital Projects & Design from the GLA
• Gordon Reid, Association of Town Centre Management, South East
• Rob Harris & Sandra Jones, Ramidus
• Professor Laura Vaughan, UCL
• Alex Philips Development Executive Cathedral Developments
• Ros Morgan, Chief Executive Kingston First
• Dr. Noha Nasser, University of Greenwich and independent consultant
• Sunita Bali from Experian
• Daniel Morgan, British Retail Consortium
• Jane Harrison from London Councils
• Stephen Alambritis, Leader of Merton Council

Date: Monday 10th September 2012, 9.30am - 5.30pm
Location: C-SCAIPE, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE
Costs: £45
For more information and to book a place on the course please visit the website

For any other enquiries please contact Keren Seymour k.seymour@kingston.ac.uk

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