MIPIM UK: The future of retail and town centres under the spotlight

Screenshot 2019-05-29 at 11.14.21I’ve been writing a lot about the future of retail and town centre for clients in recent months so I’m really excited to be involved with this panel session at MIPIM UK in October.

It will be an opportunity to explore some of the solutions with a brilliant panel of experts (more panellists to be announced soon).

The key things I’ve learned from talking to people in the industry is that retail certainly isn’t dead, it’s evolving and while there will continue to be casualties, there will also be winners.
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From my portfolio: Is extending PDR the answer to housing delivery?

By taking that decision-making role away from local authorities and politicians you could potentially create completely different places. Where will that lead us in terms of the placemaking local authorities are trying to bring forward through a plan making system?” Jacqueline Backhaus, Trowers & Hamlins

Is extending permitted development rights the answer to delivering more housing and regenerating high streets?

For Trowers & Hamlins Thinking Real Estate, I asked Jacqueline Backhaus and Rory Stracey about the pros and cons.

Read the full piece on Trowers website where you will also find pieces on Omni-use development, future cities and ethical investment.

Video: Manchester’s smart growth area opportunity explored at MIPIM panel

North Manchester has a huge regeneration opportunity.

Straddling the boroughs of Oldham, Bury and Rochdale, three strategic sites with more than 3,500 acres between them could accommodate a third of the commercial space identified in the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and a sixth of the housing.

At MIPIM last month I asked a panel of representatives from the public and private sector about the importance of the opportunity within the context of the Greater Manchester market.

https://player.vimeo.com/api/player.js Manchester’s Smart Growth Area: For Homes, Jobs & Connected Communities from Manchester at MIPIM on Vimeo.