Mon Feb 2022

The Development & Regeneration Series – A Round Table


Written by:
Alex Miller,
Practice Director

In our latest virtual round table discussion, Panoramic Associates’ Principal Consultant Alex Miller invited two guest speakers and attendees to discuss two topics within the sector: ‘Regeneration in Havering’ and ‘Be Bold in Birmingham’.

Invited to the session was Neil Stubbings, Director of Regeneration, and Simon Delahunty-Forrest, Assistant Director Planning & Development.

Neil explained how they haven’t been at the races in recent years when it comes to regeneration, but with low land values they have now turned this around. Neil further explored how they aim to deliver quality, modern homes that are affordable, to help increase their population by 40,000. In this way, they propose to deliver 30% of house building targets over 5 years by borrowing £4-6 million.

As previously referred to, they intend on providing affordable housing, but with the goal of ensuring commercial gain to avoid businesses suffering as a cause of regeneration. The session also brought to light the core criteria’s that Havering are adopting which is to be included as part of their regeneration programme and social value.

Later, Simon explored Birmingham’s services, it’s success of being a city of 1000 trades and their future city plan. Simon showcased Birmingham as a prosperous city, with people’s health and happiness a top priority. They want to connect the cultural neighbourhood and tell its story, in turn attracting external investors who are bought into how diverse and inclusive the area is. They are proud of their unique identity, and their diversity that embraces technology.

Towards the end of the session, Simon went on to discuss their work in joint partnerships, ensuring the council keeps their assets whilst maintaining their stature as the 20th biggest land owner in the country to develop residential, office city centre, mix use and commercial developments.

It was helpful for all the attendees to share best practices on how they are progressing their schemes. It was also an environment to share any innovative ideas that can be implemented in their respected councils/ working practice.

Watch the meetup below.

We, at Panoramic Associates, thoroughly enjoy getting insights into our specialist market sectors, other organisations and perspectives. We run these events to build our collective knowledge and provide opportunities to create a network of like-minded individuals.

If you have any suggestions on future topics for our next event or would be interested in attending, please contact Alex at [email protected]

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