MacKay Hannah

City Centres, Town Centres and High Streets after Covid: Rediscovering localism, redefining purpose


10:00 Chair's opening remarks
Donald Anderson, Director, Playfair Scotland
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10:05 Understanding what high streets and town centres have been and what they might become
Dr Chloe Steadman, Lecturer in Marketing, Manchester Metropolitan University; and Research Associate, Institute of Place Management and High Streets Task Force

  • Moving from retail and meeting space to multifunctional place
  • Considering the vitality of centres – from retail to footfall
  • Post-COVID: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats

10:20 Planning our city and town centres and high streets
Stefano Smith FRTPI, Director, Stefano Smith Planning and High Streets Task Force Expert

  • Recognising the value and purpose of the centre in planning
  • High Streets and Stakeholders
  • Smart, retail, residential and more – What is the future balance of town centres and high streets?

10:35 Town centres: holistic, place based approaches to renewal
Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland's Towns Partnership

  • Recognising the mosaic of policy, people and place that make a town centre
  • Prevention, intervention, low carbon, inclusion – and post-COVID
  • How do we move forward?

10:50-11:00 Discussion and Q&A
Donald Anderson, Director, Playfair Scotland
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Thank you, a very interesting and illuminating event!

Paul Chambers - The Royal High School,
Delegate Closing Scotland's Education Poverty and Attainment Gap