21st to 23rd September 2020


Creating Communities:


Places beyond the pandemic

How can place-based policy and regeneration enhance communities

and prosperity? 

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Monday 21st September: 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 22nd September: 9:00 am  - 2:20 pm
Wednesday 23rd September: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 



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The free conference will be an online programme of talks, discussions, presentations, site visits and a co-design programme. It will be “dip in and out” over three days from the afternoon of 21st September to lunchtime on 23rd September.

We will be considering key strategic themes facing development, planning, ‘place-making’ and regeneration.

While the conversations will reflect the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent Planning for the Future Government white paper. However we will also consider the ‘long view’ and take advantage of our virtual status to bring you an international programme.



The conversation will be broadly split into three themes: ‘levelling-up’, place-making and planning. Key questions include:

Theme one: Levelling up

  • Still levelling up?

  • Big capital or little platoons?

  • Economic infrastructure or social infrastructure?

Theme two: Place-making

  • Have we reached peak city? 

  • Is there another identity politics? 

  • Can we bounce back better? 

  • High streets: is this the end or a new beginning? 

  • Can modular homes be beautiful? 

  • Micro-mobility: ‘flash in the pan’ or permanent change? 

Theme three: Planning

  • Planning for the Future: beauty or zoning? 

  • The end of paper planning? 

  • Online engagement: true democracy or a manifesto to manipulate? 

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Details of programme to follow



Mary Parsons

Chair, TCPA

Charles Campion

Partner, JTP

Mike Amesbury, MP

Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning

Bruce Katz

Co-Founder, New Localism Advisors

Bim Afolami, MP

Hitchin & Harpenden

Janet Sanz

Deputy Mayor, Barcelona

David Rudlin

Former Chair,

Academy of Urbanism

Charles L. Marohn Jr.

Chairman and Founder, Strong Towns 

Helen Goulden

CEO, Young Foundation

Rosie Toogood

CEO, Legal & General Modular Homes

Adala Leeson

Head of Socio-Economic Analysis, Historic England

Ben Bolgar

Senior Design Director, Prince's Foundation

Mark Latham

Director, Urban Splash

Liz Peace CBE

Chair, The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

Mark Farmer

Gov. Champion for Modern Methods of Construction

Rob Perrins

CEO, Berkeley Group

Prof. Donna Hall CBE

Former CEO Wigan Council 

Andy Von Bradsky

Government Architect

Mark Prisk

Former Housing & Construction Minister

Prof. Cathy Parker

Institute of Place Management, MMU

Toby Lloyd

Chair, No Place Left Behind Commission

Cllr Jane Scullion

Deputy Leader, Calderdale

Melissa Mean

Director, Knowle West

'We can Make'

Lord Glasman

Founder, Blue Labour

Neil O'Brien, MP

Harborough, Oadby and Wigston

Melissa York

The Sunday Times

Ian Tant

Former President, RTPI

Revd Angus Ritchie

Community co-design lead

David Milner

Projects Director, 

Create Streets

John Hoyle

Founder, Sook

Will Tanner

Director, Onward

Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP

Secretary Of State

Cllr David Williams

Chairman, CCN

Jeremy Hinds

Director, National Retail Planning, Savills

Vidhya Alakeson

CEO, Power to Change

Tom Copley

Deputy Mayor, for Housing, London

Kate Henderson

CEO, National Housing Federation


David Mikhail

Founding Director of Mikhail Riches, Stirling Prize Winners 2019

Simon Dudley

Chair, Homes England

Jeff Speck

Author, Walkable City


Bridget Roswell CBE


Duncan Wilson OBE

Chief Executive, Historic England


Helen Evans

CEO, Network Homes


Nicola Chance-Thompson

CEO The Piece Hall, Halifax

Ben Rogers

Director, Centre for London


Judith Salomon

Strategic Planning Director, Pocket Living

Francis Terry

Partner, FTANDA

Elaine Griffiths CBE

Co-Founder and CEO of The Monastery of St. Francis & Gorton Trust

Ian Harvey

Joint-Founder and Executive Director, Civic Voice

Rob Walsh

CEO NE Lincolnshire Council


Mary Clear

Incredible Edible


Robert Luck

CEO, Latis Group

Lord Barwell

Former Minister for Housing

Kersten England

Chief Executive, Bradford City Council


Ben Houchen

Mayor of Tees Valley


Lord O'Shaughnessy

Founder, Floreat Education


Nick Cuff

CCO, Pocket Living


Mark Cropper

Chairman, James Cropper Plc


Martina Lees

The Times

Rachel Campbell

Head of Regeneration & Infrastructure, MHCLG

Nicholas Boys Smith

Director, Create Streets


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