Call for evidence

Consultation aims

The consultation seeks to:

  1. Engage with a diverse range of organisations and individuals who collectively cover all conceivable points of view on regeneration and development, ensuring that the process is not biased towards large organisations.
  2. Encourage organisations who do not usually submit evidence to formal consultations to do so.
  3. Gather a wide variety of evidence of all types
  4. Stimulate a broad debate about the commercial property market and identify problems and opportunities.
  5. Work towards finding solutions that could gain wide support.
  6. Build on progress made to date, by recommending tangible and ambitious next steps for government, at the end of the consultation.
  7. Secure a renewed cross-Government commitment to promoting the regeneration of the UK’s towns and cities.

Consultation process

We are interested in hearing from all organisations and individuals connected with regeneration and development including: government and arms-length bodies, MPs and peers, stakeholders, businesses, councils, councillors, academics, voluntary and charity sector organisations and members of the public.

Written submissions should answer the consultation research questions:

  1. What does the UK need to do, in order to facilitate the regeneration of its towns and cities?
  2. How can the UK rejuvenate its high streets?

Submissions will form an evidence base for a report to be published in 2021. The report will be issued to policy makers, journalists, and a large number of stakeholders from across the commercial property sector.

Consultation details

  • Consultation opens: Mon 3rd May 2021.
  • Consultation closes: TBC
  • An expert roundtable will take place within the consultation period. Contact the Secretariat for further details.

Written submissions – rules

  • Submissions should be in Word or Rich Text format (not PDF).
  • Submissions should be between 1,000 and 3,000 words in length.
  • Submissions should begin with a short summary in bullet point form.
  • Submissions should state clearly who the submission is from, i.e. whether from yourself in a personal capacity or sent on behalf of an organisation.
  • Submissions should include the name(s) of the author(s).
  • Submissions should include biographical details of the author(s).
  • Submissions should as far as possible comprise a single document attachment to the email.
  • Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed submission.
  • If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so.
  • The sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Group will have to take it into consideration. You are strongly advised to submit your written evidence as soon as possible, especially if you would like to speak at an oral evidence session.
  • Written submissions should be emailed

Oral submissions – rules

  • Organisations or individuals who send in written submissions of a high quality will be offered a slot at an oral evidence session.
  • Oral evidence sessions will be held in Parliament on the following dates:
    • 29th April
    • 20th May
    • 15th June
  • Each oral evidence session allows five or six expert witnesses to put a case to Parliamentarians. Witness slots are twenty minutes in duration. This comprises a ten minute presentation from the expert witness, followed by ten minutes of Q&A interaction with Parliamentarians.
  • Expert testimony should focus on one (or both) of the consultation research questions.
  • Sessions will be recorded. Highlights of each session will be published on our website.
  • Experts are encouraged to use a PowerPoint presentation as part of their evidence (max. of 10 slides)
  • Applications to speak at an evidence session should be made to:
  • APPG officers will make the final decisions about who will be invited to give oral evidence.
  • At present, and until further notice, experts will present their testimony to Parliamentarians digitally (through Zoom), and not in person.

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