Bradford Council’s Regeneration Director addressed a property audience recently.
Mike Cowlam presented to the city’s Property Forum (22 Nov 2016), along with Estates & Property Assistant Director Ben Middleton, with both facing tough questions from the 60-plus audience. Employment land, housing, Northern Powerhouse Rail and specific city centre regeneration sites were all covered in a Q&A panel session that followed formal presentations. The panel included Gordons partner Paul Young, and the event was the last facilitated by outgoing chairman Steve McManus of Chartback Developments. Allan Booth of Rance Booth Smith will succeed Steve for the next two years.
It was Ben Middleton’s first introduction to the Forum since he joined Bradford Council in 2016. Ben’s fellow Assistant Director for Transport & Planning, Julian Jackson was also on the Q&A panel, and is a member of the Forum’s Steering Group. Forum members are particularly dismayed with the delay to moving the Core Strategy forward, caused by local MP Philip Davies asking the planning minister to intervene due to possible building on green belt land.
Sunbridge Wells, North Parade and Baildon Technology Park were all cited as examples of successful regeneration projects by Council officers present, while business people in the audience warned them not rest on their laurels, underlining that much more needed to be done.
The event was kindly sponsored by LCF Law.