This popular event was kindly hosted by the John Lewis Partnership at their flagship Peter Jones store in London SW1 on 23rd March 2015. It marked the third anniversary since the publication of the NPPF in March 2012, which was intended to up-hold the town centres first policy. However, recent appeal and High Court decisions have signalled what appears to be a significant shift in the balance being placed on the sequential and impact tests, with potential serious implications for the future vitality and viability of Britain’s town centres and high streets. This is occurring at a time when our centres are fighting back against the significant impacts of the economic recession, the growing threat of inter-net shopping and the dramatic changes in retailer business models and space requirements.
High profile speakers addressed a number of key policy and development issues that are critical to the futures of our town centres as places to live, work, shop and visit for a range of uses and activities.
Presentations are available to view – more will be added shortly:
- Sequential testing – the legal implications of recent decisions (Christopher Katkowski QC, Landmark Chambers)
- The NPPF and sequential approach in practice – the impact on investors and developers and key trends in retail development (Robin Butler, Urban & Civic)
- The NPPF and sequential approach in practice – the impact on retailers (Stephen Wright, John Lewis Partnership and Waitrose)
- The NPPF and sequential approach in practice – the impact on local planning authorities and delivering town centre development (Brendon Walsh, LB Hounslow)
- Is the town centres first policy working? (Dr Steve Norris, Partner, Carter Jonas & Chair, NRPF Research Group)