Local Government Mini Conference - Day 1: Making great places 


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Our popular local government conference returned in October. We brought together a mix of Trowers' and external experts to offer practical tips and solutions to some of the most pressing problems the sector faces.

Over 2 days in October we ran six bitesize sessions, focussing on making great places and service delivery with themes covering regeneration, the climate emergency, housing, all things procurement and an update on the public subsidy regime. 

You can rewatch these sessions below. 

Day 1 - Making great places 

Session 1 - Regional Scale Regeneration

A facilitated discussion with regeneration experts Murray Twohig about the challenges and opportunities of undertaking place-shaping on a long-term, multi-site, regional level. Real Estate partner Chris Plumley was joined by William and David for this fascinating session.

Speakers:

  • Chris Plumley, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
  • William Murray, Founding Partner, Murray Twohig
  • David Twohig, Founding Partner, Murray Twohig

Session 2 - Delivering Net Zero

In this session we looked at some of the challenges of delivering Net Zero, including procuring renewable energy, developing on-site renewable energy and low carbon heat networks, delivering the required electric vehicle charging infrastructure and the options for energy efficiency retrofit. We also looked at some of the available climate-related drafting for contracts, and how procurement plays a key role in aligning the wider supply chain.

Speakers:

  • Chris Paul, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
  • Megan Coulton, Senior Associate, Trowers & Hamlins

Session 3 and 4 - Local Authority Housing

To finish the morning, we explored the following topics:

  • Local Authorities as registered providers – preparing for the new muscular regulatory role of the RSH
  • Local Authority owned Registered Providers – Why are we seeing them established, latest issues emerging and what role can they play in new delivery.
  • Issues to consider when re-opening a HRA

Speakers:

  •  Scott Dorling, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
  • Rob Beiley, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
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