Coming just days after the Scottish Parliament election and shortly before the expected publication of the Independent Planning Review’s report, this event will reflect on progress since the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Review and discuss whether further actions are needed by planning and development practitioners to ensure the vitality of Scotland’s town and city centres.
This event is being organised jointly between the RTPI West of Scotland Chapter and RICS Matrix Glasgow & West Scotland. Key speakers are:
Malcolm Fraser – architect and chair of the Scottish Government’s 2013 Town Centre Review External Advisory Group
Malcolm led the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Review, which reported in June 2013. He will consider why this subject is of such importance, reflect on the successes achieved since the Review, and set out the underlying, structural Planning, Taxation and Governmental issues which continue to undermine the achievement of sustainable, creative and economically-effective placemaking. Malcolm ran Malcolm Fraser Architects in Edinburgh and now works for Halliday Fraser Munro.
Professor Leigh Sparks – Chair of Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Deputy Principal and Professor of Retail Studies at the Institute for Retail Studies, University of Stirling
Professor Sparks has been Professor of Retail Studies at Stirling since 1992, during which time he has undertaken senior roles in academia and public life, including current roles as Chair of both Scotland's Towns Group for the Centre for Scottish Public Policy and Scotland’s Towns Partnership. Prof Sparks will reflect on the Review and consider the importance of developing strategic and coherent networks of town centres, in particular across the west of Scotland.
Estelle Forrester – Retail Director, Savills
Estelle has been Retail Director at Savills since 2005 and regularly advises landlords and tenants on occupancy requirements, asset management strategies and site searches for all aspects of in-town retail, including high street and shopping centres. Estelle will provide an overview of the retail market and recent trends across Glasgow and west coast town centres, as well as considering the future of the retail sector.
Please contact the West of Scotland Chapter to confirm your attendance. Demand for places at this event is likely to be very high so booking in advance is essential.