Retail development continues to be an issue which challenges historic towns and cities - large and small. The current economic situation, although in many ways exacerbating the problems, could also be seen as an opportunity to step back and take a more strategic approach.
With this in mind, the conference to be held in York on 24 September will bring together reflections on the anticipated PPS as well as two new pieces of research exploring the added value of the historic environment. It will offer the opportunity for local authority officers and elected members who are having to make major decisions regarding the future of their retail offer to exchange information and hear the latest 'best practice'.
The location of the event also offers a case study which illustrates many of the issues, with a presentation and site visit of the controversial Castle Piccadilly scheme.
Leading practitioners and theorists are being lined up for the programme which you can see here.