More than 100 people have registered for the annual update on the state of the market, regeneration plans and factors driving development in Greater Manchester.
The half-day event on Thursday 27 April at the Village Hotel in Ashton-under-Lyne will run along the following agenda, with approximate times shown, subject to change if required:
8am Registration, refreshments, networking
8.30am Start. Introduction from conference chair, Paul Unger, editor, Place North West
8.45am Presentation by Cllr Richard Farnell, leader of Rochdale Council and lead member of housing and planning at Greater Manchester Combined Authority
9.00am Paul Smith, managing director of Strategic Land Group and member of Housing the Powerhouse campaign
9.15am Panel: Topics include housing, planning, Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, GMCA. The right level of targets for housing and employment space. Is there such a thing as ‘enough growth’? What to do about green belt. Implications of mayoral election.
- Paul Smith, Housing the Powerhouse
- Neil Lucas, partner, HOW Planning
- Cllr Sean Anstee, leader, Trafford Council
- Cllr Richard Farnell, leader, Rochdale Council and GMCA
- Caroline Simpson, corporate director for place, Stockport Council
10.20am Panel: Development: supply and demand of commercial space, occupier profile, town centres versus Manchester city centre, the development finance landscape, speculative or prelet, who are the active players, role of public sector, outlook for GM towns.
- Wes Erlam, development director, Muse Developments
- David Rainford, property finance director, Cowgill Holloway
- David Porter, partner and head of regional office, Knight Frank
- Mark Alexander, principal real estate lawyer, Slater + Gordon
11am Presentation and questions Philip Collins, The Times, author of Bury life chances report
11.20am Presentation: Developing historic mills – Charles Smith, principal heritage advisor, Historic England, and Stephanie Hiscott, associate, Cushman & Wakefield
11.35am Panel: Town centres fight back, positioning within Manchester success story and Northern Powerhouse, reusing heritage assets, identifying challenges and opportunities, priority sites, public-private collaboration
- Charles Smith, Historic England
- Emma Barton, assistant director for economy and regeneration, Wigan Council
- Stephen Young, director of place, Bolton Council
- Bryn Cooke, head of strategic property partnerships and investment, Oldham Council
Join Nexus, KPMG, Cushman & Wakefield, Gladman, Miller Homes, BDP, and many more for a morning of debate about the factors shaping Greater Manchester towns. Representatives from these organisations are among the dozens who have registered so far for M60 Towns Development Conference later this month.
A full list of the people who have registered to attend can be found at the registration page linked below.
M60 Towns Development Conference, in association with Slater + Gordon and Kier, is due to take place on the morning of Thursday 27 April from 8am to 12 noon followed by lunch. The venue is Village Hotel Club Ashton Moss OL7 OLY.
The event is aimed at anyone interested in doing business in the GM towns, and will provide an overview of the markets for developing commercial and residential space.
Tickets are priced at £50+VAT and include refreshments throughout.