Why the Coalition Government Should Promote the Town Centre through Planning Policy

Organiser: Institute of Economic Development North West
Location: MMU Business School, Minshull Building, 47-49 Chorlton Street, M1 3FY
Phone: 07836 214283

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, 2nd Floor, Minshull Building, 47-49 Chorlton Street, M1 3FY (Opposite the Manchester College – Shena Simon Campus)


Planning policy and the health of the town centre are strongly linked. This link was graphically demonstrated during the 1980s and early 90s by the decline experienced by many of our towns and cities when faced with out-of-town development and the lack of a concerted response. During this period, the high street was allowed to fall into dereliction with vital commercial and community services lost in the process. In 1996 the UK Government responded by committing to a 'Town Centres First' planning policy which was supported by a recommendation that the private sector, property owners, infrastructure agencies, the community and the local authority should develop centre management initiatives. The return of investment back to town centres has been slow but steady. Every Government since has committed to the Town Centres First policy.

In December 2010, the Coalition Government announced the complete overhaul of existing planning policy for England, which will be replaced by a new streamlined equivalent. This presentation offers the Institute of Place Management's argument to why town centres must be promoted within the new framework for planning policy so genuine sustainable economic development can take place.

We look forward to seeing you at this FREE IED Event kindly hosted by the Institute of Place Management at the Manchester Metropolitan University.

Programme Details

Tea & coffee on arrival

4.30pm: Welcome and Introduction, Chairman of Branch IED, Nigel Wilcock followed by overview by Ojay McDonald, Research and Policy Manager of the Association of Town Centre Management.

5.15pm Questions/Answers/ Information Sharing to develop an Open Floor debate.

5.45pm Finish followed by opportunity to network.

If you have any queries about the event on 15 June please contact: Barbara Mothershaw, E mail: Mobile 07836 214283