The public are invited to City Hall tomorrow to see the London Assembly Planning Committee explore the Future of London’s Town Centres.
Every Londoner has their local centre. Some are loved, some pitied, some despised, but everyone knows what their town centre is. These places are the focus of our communities. They give identity to the surrounding residential neighbourhoods and help to shape the way we live our lives. Yet in an age of supermarkets, out-of-town malls, and internet shopping, we need to ask ourselves what town centres are for. Can, or should, they continue to be dominated by shopping, or must town centres re-imagine themselves to serve cultural, entertainment, and social purposes?
London needs new visions for the future of its town centres.
On Tuesday 11 December at 10am in the Chamber at City Hall, the Planning Committee will ask some of the greatest minds on these issues what is their vision for town centres. Renowned architect Sir Terry Farrell will be joined by urbanists, retail analysts, food experts, urban designers, and others to share their unique perspectives on what town centres should be in 21st century London.
As chair of the committee, I want to invite you to come to City Hall to watch this session live. If you are unable to make it in person, the meeting will also be streamed live from 10am here.
If you have any questions about this or any of the other work of the Planning Committee, please contact my Research Support Officer Alex Csicsek at email@example.com.