Property 2019

Retail woes and planning laws on conference agenda

Melanie Leech

Melanie Leech: speaker (pic: Terry Murden)


High street retail pressures and reforms to planning law will be among the issues debated at this year’s Property 2019 conference taking place in Edinburgh this week.

The free half-day event, now in its 19th year, takes place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Tuesday and will explore other trends in the market, such as investment opportunities and developments in the private rented sector.

Colin Innes, head of planning and environment at Shepherd and Wedderburn and conference chairman, said the conference will “address sectoral trends and help the industry chart a course for the future.”

The panel of speakers and the topics for discussion will include:

Melanie Leech, Chief Executive, British Property Federation, who will provide a general overview of the UK property sector and the key emerging trends.

Darren Richards, Head of Real Estate, British Land, who will outline specific areas of focus for British Land, including retail, city developments, the private rented sector and serviced offices.

James Rankin, Head of Research and Insights, The Instant Group (Instant Offices), who will discuss flexible working/workplace trends, what occupiers are looking for and understanding new structures for investment.

Rick De Blaby, Executive Vice Chairman, Get Living, who will outline the challenges and opportunities for private rented sector development in Scotland.

Will Rowson, Partner, Hodes Weill & Associates, who will provide an investor’s perspective on real estate, including challenges and opportunities.  

Ewan Macleod, Partner, Planning Team, Shepherd and Wedderburn, who will present on the proposed Scottish planning law reforms.

Property 2019 takes place at the EICC on 11 June.



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