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Top Levelling Up Civil Servant Joins Place Management Conference

Cathy Francis Confirms for 'We Need to Talk About Housing!' Following Michael Gove’s Bombshell Announcement

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When: Wednesday, 28th February 2024
Where: Euston, London
Cost: Tickets from as little as £99 (+VAT)
Booking Information: LAST CHANCE TO BOOK. Tickets Available Here

 

Councils across England will be urged to deliver more housing in towns and cities while property owners will be given greater freedoms to convert commercial units to residential without planning permission. That’s the summary of Michael Gove’s announcement in the past few days.

In response to this the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities are sending a number of civil servants to the 2024 Place Management Conference. We can confirm that Cathy Francis, Director for Places, Infrastructure and Housing Delivery, will join the agenda provide delegates with a critical policy update.

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About Cathy
Cathy has enjoyed a long career in the public sector having worked in a number of government departments and also in NHS England. She has a background in regeneration and neighbourhood renewal policy and currently leads on housing and regeneration in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. She is responsible for policy on infrastructure and brownfield funding, public sector land and regeneration.  She is passionate about community, place-making and improving outcomes for the most deprived communities.

AGENDA

Welcome and Introductions
Lisa Carlson, CEO, Canterbury BID and Chair of the ATCM


SESSION 1: CURRENT STATE OF PLAY

We Need to Talk About Housing!
Ojay McDonald, CEO, ATCM

Over and Under: Supply, Demand and the Inevitable Shift From Commercial to Resi
Melanie Leech, CEO, British Property Federation

PRICED OUT! The Physical Dislocation of Workers from High Streets
Stephanie Pollitt, Programme Director (Housing), BusinessLDN

The Long-Term Plan for Housing: Update on UK Government Policy
Cathy Francis, Director for Places, Infrastructure and Housing Delivery, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

 


SESSION 2: THE CHALLENGES

The Harsh Reality of New Housing in Old Commercial Destinations: Panel Debate
Chair
Ruth Duston OBE, OC, Managing Director of Primera Corporation, Chief Executive of London Heritage Quarter

Panellists

  • Karen Pengelly, BID Manager, Go Epsom

  • Michael Kill, CEO, Night Time Industries Association

  • Tom Evans, Placemaking and Strategic Planning Manager, Swansea Council

  • James Child, Head of Research, ING Media

 

 

SESSION 3 : THE OPPORTUNITIES

The Housing Theory of Everything
Kane Emerson, Head of Housing Research, YIMBY

Retail’s Resi Revolution
Stuart Harris, CEO, Milligan

Getting it Right: High Street Homes in Trafford
Chris Roberts, Chief Development Officer, Bruntwood

 


SESSION 4: MAKING TOWN CENTRE LIVING WORK

Policy and Practice in the Resi-fication of the High Street: Panel Debate
Chair
Lisa Carlson, CEO, Canterbury BID and Chair of the ATCM

Panellists

  • Sophie Alexander-Parker, CEO, Ipswich Central & All About Ipswich

  • Mhairi Donaghy, Associate Director - Place, Housing & Economic Investment, Scottish Futures Trust and Vice Chair of Scotland's Towns Partnership

  • Dr Jo Morrison, Director & Co-Founder, The Association of Collaborative Design

  • Sarah Porru, Assistant Director of Regeneration (Economy & Business), Bury Council

 

The Housing Theory of Everything Reprised: Mixed Use Centres and Sustainability
Ojay McDonald, CEO, ATCM

 

 

 

SUPPORTERS OF THE 2024 PLACE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

We are hugely grateful to supporters of the Place Management Conference.

They include:

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