The UK’s high streets and town centres are under immense pressure; changing shopping habits, the advent of online and the trend of hyperlocal mean ..
local authorities are facing increasing challenges to maintain their position as the epicentre of economic activity. The Covid-19 crisis has laid bare the problems facing an ever evolving retail sector and the population’s social habits which means stakeholders are having to adapt their places to meet the demands of local people, businesses and visitors. This high level event brings together councils, developers, major investors and built environment experts to share insights and market intelligence about projects that spin out of the £830m Future High Streets Fund and the £3.6bn Towns Fund. The event will begin with an hour of networking with delegates and professionals who’re all interested in the development and transformation of high streets and town centres. Policy influencers, regional decision makers and a group of the UK’s specialist high street regenerators come together to share ideas on pushing ahead with reinventing high streets and town centres. Maidstone is at the epicentre of a lot of investment and regeneration and the council have identified five priority sites that will be brought forward over the coming 18 months. As part of this high level session, the local authority team come together with the town’s most prominent investors to unveil details of future projects.