Start small, think big: Localising Change outline summary

'A radical change in the policy and practice mix is delivering change through the prism of people and place'

Joe Simpson, event chair, and Principal Strategic Adviser, Local Government Association, and Director, Leadership Centre for Local Government

'Almere's large-scale self-build experiement has ridden the financial storm far better than volume house-builders'

Jaqueline Tellinga, keynote speaker, and District Manager Homeruskwartier for the City of Almere, Holland

Evidence shows that 'big regeneration' simply is not working to deliver decent homes or communities in many places outside of London.

Top-down change has run out of steam: join us to find out how local decision-makers are meeting new housing and development challenges.

17 April 2013, Newcastle
The CastleGate, Melbourne Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2JQ

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The need for a better delivery framework for new homes and communities is changing the relationship between local authorities, investors and developers. Will emerging development models see new investors in place-making – economic and social – come on-stream alongside traditional players?

This Newcastle event is the second in the Start Small series, and will build on experience from the London event.

It will bring together key experts involved with defining a viable alternative approach to regeneration, development and asset management.

Issues will include:
• How can proposed surplus public sector land disposals be managed for maximum social benefit, especially on challenging sites

• How can local authorities manage disconnects between actual housing need, national/local policy and revenue streams? 

• How can we establish a local approach embedding fair and wide participation, and so improve quality, product offer, investment value, prospects for SMEs and  community well being?
• How can we create a delivery framework that supports players at all scales including developers, volume house builders, housing associations, co-operatives, custom builders and community land trusts
• What new approaches to land supply, funding, infrastructure delivery and development risk can work? Special Purpose Vehicles can unlock potential, but many are faltering due to lack of skills, experience and support

Presenters and workshop leaders will include:

Afternoon keynote: Jaqueline Tellinga, District Manager Homeruskwartier for the City of Almere, Holland

Steven Tolson, Director, Ogilvie Group and Head of RICS Scotland 
Regeneration Forum
Diarmaid Lawlor, Head of Urbanism at Architecture and Design Scotland
Joe Simpson, Director, Principal Strategic Adviser, Local Government Association, and Director, Leadership Centre for Local Government
Sam Cassels, Strategic Design Advisor to public/private sectors on major design investments and organisational change
Neil McInroy, Centre for Local Economic Strategies, on the civic economy
Sandy Morrison, Director, HTA Architects
Fiona Garven, Scottish Community Development Centre
David Sim, Partner, Gehl architects
David Roberts, Director, Igloo, on Ouseburn
Director, GVA Grimley, on unlocing public sector funding
Martin Wilkes, Capital Programmes Manager, Homes & Communities Agency
Partner, Pinset Masons on Special Purpose Vehicles
Kelvin Campbell, Urban Pioneers, on urban seeding with custom build
Dr Michael Crilly, Studio UrbanArea, expert on innovation within the development process

The traditional speculative development model has limited incentives for investment in quality, sustainability, and ongoing management. This event will explore:

  • How the application of intelligent design guidelines and a customised approach to urban living can lead to successful large-scale delivery through a wide range of small-scale urban interventions
  • How new approaches to land supply, funding mechanisms, infrastructure procurement and risk can create a delivery framework that supports players at all scales – volume builders, housing associations, co-operatives, group self builders and custom-build developers
  • how national, local and neighbourhood planning policy can support such initiatives
  • Ways in which mechanisms such as Joint Venture Local Asset Backed Vehicles (LABV) and Local Development Orders (LDOs) can support the development of new project frameworks
  • Can s106 and CIL requirements be refined to underpin environmental and social benefits?

The presentations will focus on successful UK and European examples of delivering 'lots of small', and explore the potential of national, local and neighbourhood planning policy to support such initiatives.

More information and online booking

With thanks from the sponsorship from Architecture and Design Scotland we are able to offer 20 free places on a first come first served basis. If you would like to apply for this please email [email protected]

Delegate rates:

Public Sector (Newcastle) £109.25 + VAT
Private Sector (Newcastle) £245 + VAT
Individual (Newcastle) £75 + VAT