Newly-elected Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, gave one of his inaugural speeches at Bristol’s 13th Annual Planning Law and Policy Conference.
This year’s event, organised by University of the West of England, Clarke Willmott LLP and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) looked at the recovery agenda for the city’s property industry. Mr Ferguson, one of the country’s leading architects, was part of a top-tier line-up, including the Shadow Communities and Fire minister, Chris Williamson MP, who addressed more than 150 property specialists from across the region.
The speakers discussed a wide range of issues, from strategic planning to the role of local government and how legal changes will affect planning. The main focus of the event was how the south west region can build on signs of expansion in the market and attract inward investment. The role of elected mayors in Planning for Recovery was also addressed by Professor Robin Hambleton from UWE.
The event, which was sponsored by JBP PR, Thirty Nine Essex Street, WSP and ERM, was held at Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel. The after dinner speaker was George Clarke from Channel 4’s Restoration Man programme.
Neil Baker, Head of Planning and Chair for the event, said: “Since last year’s conference there have been a number of developments in the sector – we have seen the passing of the Localism Act, the publication of a National Planning Policy Framework and mayoral elections. But times remain challenging and growth in the economy continues to be fragile.
“This year’s planning law conference explored the impacts of the recession and signs of recovery from national, regional and local perspectives.
“We were delighted to hear from Bristol’s newly elected Mayor, George Ferguson who before the mayoral elections was best known for his advocacy of good quality planning, design and architecture in Bristol and beyond”.