ATCM, IPM and The BID Foundation team up to present important evidence to Parliamentary High Street Inquiry

Consultation to take place in London on the 12th June 2018 10am – 1pm

A consortium of the leading membership and professional bodies representing the people responsible for managing UK High Streets are joining forces to respond to the High Street 2030 parliamentary inquiry. The Association of Town and City Management, The Institute of Place Management and The BID Foundation are inviting both members and non-members to a consultation that will develop a joint response to a Commons Select Committee. The three-hour consultation will be held in central London, on the 12th June, 2018.

A recent spate of retail failures has been met with concern by backbench MPs across the House. Consequently, the Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) Committee has launched an inquiry exploring what high streets will look like by 2030, what the public value about them and how government, at all levels, can support their adaptation.

The consultation will focus on getting the views and perspective of place managers, BID managers, planners, economic development officers and other professionals that have responsibility for the nation’s high streets and town and city centres. “There are place managers up and down the country who know exactly what needs to be done to make high streets vital and viable” said Andrew Cooper, Chair of The BID Foundation. “It is crucial government listens to the people that have the answers”.

The morning will also include presentations from senior representatives of the place management sector designed to stimulate thinking and debate about the changing high street. This includes a review of the policy interventions that can have most impact on the High Street, by Dr. Steve Millington, a Policy Research Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Commenting on the consultation and inquiry, Ojay McDonald, CEO of Association of Town and City Centre Management said, “This is a valuable opportunity to shape Parliament’s outlook on town centre policies at a time when the Government’s slim majority means that backbenchers have more influence. ATCM, IPM and The BID Foundation will respond with a unified voice to provide a trusted source of knowledge, expertise and guidance to Parliamentarians. We urge our respective members to play a part in shaping our response.”

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High Street 2030 Inquiry

The inquiry will examine the future role of the high street in contributing to the local economy and the health, cohesion and cultural life of the local community and the challenges faced amid changing demographic, technological and other trends in recent decades.

It will also look at how local areas are planning for the future of their high streets and town centres and creating the conditions to sustain them in the years ahead, as well as whether councils have the planning, licensing, tax raising and other tools needed to help local areas flourish.

The Committee is inviting submissions on what high streets and town centres will look like in 2030 and considering:

  • The role of high streets and town centres in contributing to the local economy and the health, wellbeing, cohesion and cultural life of the local community
  • The economic, demographic, social and technological challenges facing high streets and town centres and how they are likely to develop over the next ten years
  • How high streets and town centres are adapting to meet these challenges, the conditions necessary for sustainability, for example, residential development and related infrastructure, and how local areas are planning for the future
  • The outlook for high streets and town centres that cannot rely on consumer spending and business growth and investment
  • Whether councils have the planning, licensing, tax raising and other tools needed to help local areas flourish and how they make use of these
  • The legacy of the Government’s previous work on the high street, including the Portas Pilots, the Future High Streets Forum and the Great British High Street

Closing date for written submissions: Friday 22 June 2018.

Click here for more details about the high street 2030 inquiry

About ATCM

ATCM is a not-for-profit membership organisation established in 1991, the largest dedicated to promoting the vitality and viability of urban centres across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. This includes nearly 500 practitioners and partnerships. ATCM’s membership is diverse, consisting of a mix of publicly funded town centre managers, BIDs, Community Interest Companies, town centre businesses, universities and more. Despite being a small organisation in size, its remit and achievements have been significant; including the creation of the post of Minister for Town Centres within the UK Government, introducing BIDs to the UK, coordinating parliament’s response to the Portas Review and raising awareness of the need for reform the business rates system.

About The BID Foundation

The BID Foundation was formed following an extensive consultation with more than 100 BIDs and key stakeholders. The consultation identified the need for “a recognised trade body to represent the BIDs industry”. The BID Foundation is the alliance of leading BIDs and professionals providing the trusted voice and specialist services the industry has asked for. Established to provide advocacy, leadership and guidance, The BID Foundation is elevating standards – acting as a voice for BIDs as well as providing practical support. The BID Foundation is supported by the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University.

About the Institute of Place Management

Formed in 2006, the Institute of Place Management (IPM) is the international professional membership body and learned society that supports people who serve places, including place managers, policy makers, researchers and students. IPM professionals work at various scales, from neighbourhoods and Business Improvement Districts, to cities and regions. IPM is based at Manchester Metropolitan University, a partnership that allows ready access to world-leading academic expertise and research. The IPM publishes an official journal – the Journal of Place Management and Development, which is taken by over 2,000 institutions, internationally.

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