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Partner Event: The 2nd Annual Local Community Regeneration: Transforming Town Centres And Communities Event

13 Oct 2020 - Online

This event, which is being co chaired by Bev Hurley, Chair of the IED and Lawrence Conway, IED Director will address the latest learnings in community regeneration.

An overview of the event, run by Government Events, is below....

Across Britain many local communities are feeling neglected and left behind with once thriving communities now struggling to retain their sense of belonging and local identity. Whilst High Streets have rightfully been the focus of regeneration efforts in recent years it is the communities they serve that are also in need of attention and investment.

Between 2007 and 2018 online sales increased 6-fold whilst growth of in store sales has lagged behind. Indeed, as our lives become ever more online focused once vibrant community centres are being lost to online platforms. Successful regeneration projects are shown to take into account the views of the community, engage in holistic planning processes, emphasise cultural and focus on the wider area other than the town centre.

This event showcases the best community led regeneration initiatives, including community enterprises, cultural attractions, locally empowered leadership, holistic planning and collaboration between government and local authorities. Gifting delegates with the skills and knowledge required to transform the places in which they live and serve.

Whilst recognising the importance of community hubs for local economies and residents’ wellbeing, in July 2018, the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government (MHCLG) announced several measures to tackle the decline of town centres. The newly-created High Streets Expert Panel acknowledged the evolution of town centres and the growing demand for attractive spaces where people can participate in a range of activities, as well as deliver housing and business provision.

Join us to receive an invaluable opportunity to gain updates on the future for community regeneration from senior policymakers and hear the latest funding opportunities available. Participants will also engage with a range of best practice local authorities who are implementing innovative solutions through a series of insightful case studies and discussions.

To find out more, take a look at the agenda for the day and to book a place, please click here.

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