London 2006

Business in the Community
Department of Communities and Local Government
Local Government Association

hosted by the National Retail Planning Forum

Local Government House, Smith Square, London, SW1.
27th November 2006 – (10am – 4pm)

Under-Served Markets project – Workshop

Click here to view the background materials for the day, including the small group discussions [pdf file – 131kb].

The workshop programme is set out below; click on the underlined presentation titles to view [pdf files – some are large]

10.00 Registration tea/coffee
10.25 Welcome and Introductions – Ian Coull, Slough Estates
10.30 National policy context – planning for retail in deprived areas and its relationship to neighbourhood renewal policy.

Mario Wolf, DCLG Planning, to set out the policy context for planning for deprived areas and retail development focusing on the enabling environment provided by PPS6

10.50 Under-Served Markets project – main conclusions

Bill Boler of the USM project to set out the main policy conclusions of the project and purpose of the ‘how to’ guide

11.05 Questions and discussion
11.15 Castle Vale Housing Action Trust, Birmingham, a case study of positive forward planning for retail development in a deprived area

Dr Angus Kennedy, Chief Executive, Community Regeneration Partnerships Ltd (Formerly chief executive Castle Vale HAT)

11.45 Refreshment break
12.00 Discussion in small groups around a set of questions on forward planning – what are the lessons for wider practice?

Facilitated small group discussion among practitioners, drawing on examples of positive approaches to forward planning for retailing in deprived areas – what are the approaches to be encouraged, what is good practice?

12.45 Feedback
13.15 Lunch and networking
14.00 Introduction – Cllr Mike Haines, Local Government Association
14.05 Lidl Store, Blackbird Leys, Oxford, a case study example of proactive development control

Mark Krassowski, Senior Director, RPS Planning Transport & Environmental
Jonathan Watkins, Head of Property, Lidl

14.30 Discussion in small groups around a set of questions on development control – what are the lessons for wider practice?

Facilitated small group discussion on how to encourage positive development control to maximize the benefits of retail development in deprived areas – what are the factors that need to be considered, how can positive negotiations (and outcomes) be encouraged?

15.15 Feedback
15.50 Summing up and next steps – Chris Brearley, Chairman, NRPF
16.00 Close