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Preview: Northern Regeneration Summit - Manchester

Published date : 27 September 2011

The seventh annual Northern Regeneration Summit takes place on 11 October at The Point in Manchester, bringing together regeneration experts, developers, Government representatives and many more to look at the challenges and opportunities currently facing regeneration both nationally and locally in the North.

Pat Ritchie and Deborah McLaughlin are amongst the speakers at the event, and here we talk to Deborah about what will be covered…

What do you think are the key topics for discussion that will be covered at the event?

A whole range of subjects will be covered over the course of the day, likely to give plenty of food for thought for those in attendance. Key topics include Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), with a look at how they are progressing and what the future will hold of particular importance following recent announcements. Enterprise Zones will be of similar interest, and sessions looking at how will they work and what opportunities they will provide are sure to prove popular. With the Government’s ongoing focus on localism, another key topic will be building strong communities and what the available funding options for community building might be. Finally, a look at the other key funding models available will also be valuable and will offer a greater level of clarity for those in attendance.

What sessions will the HCA be speaking at?

Pat Ritchie will be talking about life post RDA Asset transfer (now Economic Assets), along with LEPs. We will also be involved in a session on the New Homes Bonus and the Affordable Rent Programme and I will be speaking at a session looking at how the disposal of public sector assets can stimulate regeneration. With the transfer of economic assets from the RDAs to the HCA having just taken place, access to public assets being the potential key to making marginal schemes viable and the ongoing rollout of the Affordable Rent Programme, I think that those sessions should provide particularly timely, useful and relevant insight into the future of regeneration.

How is discussion likely to differ in the North from the rest of the country?

Discussion in the North is likely to have a stronger focus on the positive responses we have seen to the different economic challenges and housing market in the area. The relationship between regeneration and growth and more specifically how the former can be accelerated to deliver the latter should also be covered in depth. Finally, how best to draw on the strong history of collaboration in the North, which has most recently been exemplified by the approach to the Stewardship Model in the North West.  

For more information on the Northern Regeneration Summit or to book a place simply visit the event website.

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