Retail Development in historic towns: time for reflection? - York 23-24 September 2009

The Programme

supported by:
Book your place here


Wednesday 23 September

3.30pm - 5.00pm Tour of the City Walls - sites within and without
  John Oxley, Archaeologist, City of York Council
7.00pm - 8.30pm Lord Mayor's reception and Tour of the City's 'premier building' Mansion House, St Helens Square, York Y01 9QL    

Thursday 24 September

VENUE: The Hospitium, Yorkshire Museum Gardens, York YO1 7FR
9.00am Registration / coffee    
9.30am Introduction and Welcome   Conference Chair, (representing HTF), Tony Wyatt
  The York case study:
  • Context for retailing in York - findings from 2008 retail study
  • The City Centre Area Action Plan
  • People Changing Places - a CABE funded initiative
  • Heritage, conservation and quality of design in the City
David Caulfield, Head of City Development and David Warburton, Head of Conservation, Design and Sustainable Development, City of York Council
  Heritage Protection and retail development
  Duncan McCallum, Policy Director, English Heritage
11.00am Coffee / tea    
11.30am PPS4 - the impacts and implications: planning for prosperous town centres

  Ian Anderson, Head of Retail and Leisure Planning, CBRE
  Retaining local distictiveness   David Boyle, Fellow, New Economics Foundation
  The small town retail development approach
  Stephen Wright, Principal Lawyer, John Lewis Partnership
1.00pm Lunch    
2.00pm Walking tours of York City to illustrate the issues:
  • Retail in the City Centre
  • Design in an historic context
  • Conservation: managing change in the historic core
  City of York Council
3.00pm Tea / coffee    
3.30pm Impact Assessment research   Jodie Brooks, Senior Consultant, Drivers Jonas with Nathalie Gay, Economist, Colin Buchanan
  Long term performance trends in historic town centres   Diane Wehrle, Director, Springboard Research Ltd
  Q&A and Summary
  Conference Chair, Tony Wyatt
4.45pm Ends    


(Local Authority Members' price applies to Individual, Civic, Corporate and Town Council Members of the Forum)
HTF Local Authority Members HTF Associate Members

Save £10 by booking the Full Conference
includes all options below
£130 £155 £180

City Walls Tour


Lord Mayor's Reception and tour of the Mansion House

Book your place here


A number of rooms have been reserved at the Queen's Hotel, Novotel and the Park Inn. Please go to
and click on the HTF logo for further details and to book your accommodation direct.