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Committee examines global approaches to sustaining high streets and town centres

10 June 2021

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee continues its inquiry into supporting our high streets after covid-19 on Thursday 10 June as it examines examples of best practice from across the globe.

Purpose of the session

The Committee will take evidence from leading academics on urban planning and the built environment. This includes Professor Carlos Moreno, credited with developing the concept of the 15-minute neighbourhood. The concept argues that cities should be designed or redesigned so that people can access work, food, health, education, culture and leisure within a 15-minute walk or bike ride from their home.

The session will investigate the global outlook for high streets and town centres. It will look for examples of best practice in protecting high streets from the health and economic impacts of pandemics, including previous cases such as SARs. The Committee will also examine what lessons UK town centres can learn from approaches taken in other countries towards housing, transport and climate change.


Thursday 10 June

From 3.30pm

  • Professor Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies, Director of LSE Cities and Urban Age, London School of Economics
  • Professor Chan Heng Chee, Chair, Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Professor Carlos Moreno, Scientific Director of the Chair <Entrepreneurship – Territory – Innovation> at Panthéon Sorbonne University, Paris

Further information

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