Communities of Practice: High streets

Communities of practice: high streets

The future of high streets and town centres is not a new topic, but one that has certainly been brought into much sharper focus in recent months because of Covid-19. Adding to longstanding questions over the future of bricks and mortar retail and how this impacts high street footfall, uncertainty resulting from lockdown, social distancing, changes to working patterns and planning system reform are now thrown into the mix.

Alumni breakfast briefing: Place leadership

LB Redbridge Chief Exec Andy Donald argues that councils need to redefine their role as leaders of placemaking. At November’s breakfast briefing, he invited alumni to think of councils as conveners: providing a platform to bring stakeholders together and establishing a ‘low floor, high ceiling’ that sets the tone for collaboration and co-production in shaping our neighbourhoods.