April 15, 2021 at 10:00am - 11am

This webinar will explore the effects and consequences of the COVID pandemic for how we live and work in our city and town centres and our high streets. It will examine the opportunities for transformational change in the centre of our urban spaces and will consider current thinking and initiatives to turn threat into opportunity as dramatic structural are already unfolding.

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10:00 Chair's opening remarks
Donald Anderson, Director, Playfair Scotland

10:05 Understanding what high streets and town centres have been and what they might become

  • Moving from retail and meeting space to multifunctional place
  • Considering the vitality of centres – from retail to footfall
  • Post-COVID: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats

10:20 Planning our city and town centres and high streets
Stefano Smith FRTPI, Director, Stefano Smith Planning and High Streets Task Force Expert

  • Recognising the value and purpose of the centre in planning
  • High Streets and Stakeholders
  • Smart, retail, residential and more – What is the future balance of town centres and high streets?

10:35 Town centres: holistic, place based approaches to renewal
Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland's Towns Partnership

  • Recognising the mosaic of policy, people and place that make a town centre
  • Prevention, intervention, low carbon, inclusion – and post-COVID
  • How do we move forward?

10:50-11:00 Discussion and Q&A
Donald Anderson, Director, Playfair Scotland


April 15, 2021 at 10:00am - 11am
Sponsored by Supporting Scotland's Towns
Sponsored By Supporting Scotland's Towns