Local government and place management groups questioned by MPs

12 November 2018

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee take evidence for their inquiry into the future of high streets from local councils and place management groups.

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Inquiry: High streets and town centres in 2030
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

Purpose of the session

The purpose of the session is to investigate the strategies that local government and other organisations have developed to ensure the long-term viability of high streets and town centres.

The Committee will examine the level of resources local councils allocate to support the maintenance and renewal of their local high streets, and their application of planning policies, business rates reliefs and parking strategies. It will also examine the role that non-governmental bodies can play in developing innovative strategies and providing day-to-day management of localities.


Monday 12 November, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 4.00pm

Panel 1: Local government

  • Peter Geraghty, Director of Planning and Transport, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Chair of the Planning, Housing & Regeneration Board,Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport 
  • Richard Roe, Corporate Director of Place, Trafford Council
  • Liz Philpot, Growth Programmes and Policy Manager, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Panel 2: Place management organisations

  • Ojay McDonald, Chief Executive, Association of Town and City Management
  • Christina Rowe, Director of Operations, Bedford BID
  • Jonathan Newman, Town Centre Manager, Great Yarmouth Town Centre Partnership

Further information

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