Lunch with BLP: Is urban regeneration worth the effort?

  • Location: Danesfield House Hotel & Spa, Marlow
  • Date: 09/11/2017
  • Time: 12:00 - 14:30


Our Thought Leadership Regional Lunches are hosted by our CEO, Kim Vernau, and other senior representatives from BLP. They are limited to a small number of selected guests, enabling us to assemble a key group of industry peers each of whom enjoy unrestricted opportunities to participate in the interactive discussions and put questions to renowned guest speakers.

Guest speaker Liz Peace CBE leads an interactive discussion on the value of urban regeneration in creating homes and employment compared to simply starting afresh elsewhere.

Whilst regeneration schemes can take years to get off the ground, and often become the subject of drawn-out political debate, there is an argument that says they are essential to a focus on sustainability. Should urban areas be allowed to decline simply because there may be other lines of lesser resistance when it comes to creating new homes and employment opportunities?

Liz will present a dispassionate case for both advocates and critics of major regeneration schemes, looking at the Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) in west London. Having been appointed as chair of OPDC earlier this year, Liz can offer an insider’s view of the complex range of public policy issues now on the agenda around housing, infrastructure funding, utilities, sustainability and a wide range of related considerations.

The OPDC is set to be a 20 to 30-year project. Liz’s insights on the multitude of issues involved at the planning stage will throw light on the frustrations that projects of such scale bring. It promises to be an intriguing session and one that may even end up answering the question that frames it.

Liz Peace was Chief Executive of the British Property Federation for 13 years, prior to which she was a career civil servant in the MoD working on an exciting range of projects from nuclear safety, to defence finance, public inquiries and land acquisitions. Liz is now an independent consultant in the fields of property, politics and the built environment and is working closely with the office of the Mayor of London.


12:00 Arrival | Drinks
12:30 Speech | Discussion
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Ends

Lunch with BLP: Is urban regeneration worth the effort?


Danesfield House Hotel & Spa
Henley Road

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