Covid-19 continues to redefine how we use our town centres, and the impact is likely to be felt for years to come. The planning system will be pivotal in supporting our town centres to navigate this impact in both the short and long term, to ensure:
- town centres can be more responsive and better adapt to emerging trends that are shaping how businesses operate, and changing consumer habits and community needs; and that
- the built environment can facilitate new investment and innovation, and underpin future economic and greener growth, as well as social wellbeing for communities across the UK.
In this webinar we will explore:
- Current emergency support – including longer construction hours and planning permission extensions – is due to expire in March. Does this support need to be extended?
- Remote working’s implications for planning – by adopting technology, has the planning system become more efficient and inclusive?
- Planning White Paper ambitions & delivery – to what degree do the proposed planning reforms support the Government’s ambitions for town centres of the future, housing delivery and the battle against climate change? Will the planning system be able to keep up with the seismic shift in how we use our urban centres as a result of Covid-19?
- Can PDR deliver the sort of high-quality placemaking that will be vital to success?
- How can climate risk be integrated into the strategic decision-making – by both the public and private sector – to ensure planning decisions today will be sustainable for decades to come?
Chair: Joanne Dennis-Jones
National Head of Planning
Harworth Group plc
Director of Strategy
Director of Policy
Town and Country Planning Association
Director of Real Estate Policy
British Property Federation