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Unlocking High Street accessibility – online event

November 25, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us to hear how local trusts, councils & asset owners are making it easier for community entrepreneurs to access town centre property

About this event

Across the UK, local people are creating businesses that could revitalise town centres – repair and sharing spaces, community bakeries, climate action hubs, affordable housing – services that develop critical social, economic and climate resilient infrastructure.

But a major barrier to their success is the lack of access to affordable, secure, long-term property.

Join us to hear from a group of people who’ve been working together to rethink town centre property ownership and access, including:

  • Frances Northrop. A community entrepreneur and Associate Fellow for NEF, Frances has supported multiple communities to set up trusts to acquire and manage assets for long-term local benefit
  • Nalin Seneviratne. Director for City Centre Development at Sheffield City Council, Nalin has overseen large redevelopments that put community organisations at their heart
  • Theo Michell. Principle at private developer Bywater Property, Theo has piloted a model that gives local people decision-making power over how local spaces are used – and on what terms

We’ll share our ideas for how we might replicate models like these around the country – and will invite your questions and feedback!

This event is a part of Platform: A town centre property innovation programme – which has brought together community entrepreneurs, councillors, council officers, and large asset owners over the past six months – to identify solutions that make it easier for community entrepreneurs to access town centre property.

Platform partnersPower to ChangeHigh Streets Task ForceBritish Property FederationNew LocalRadixShoosmiths

With thanks to Platform sponsorsShoosmiths.

Images by Visual Thinkery.

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