On 29th November, 2011, Estates Gazette held a special Midlands Question Time event in Birmingham.
The event was chaired by EG editor Damian Wild and panellists included Waheed Nazir, Birmingham City Council director of planning and regeneration, Bill Oliver, chief executive of St Modwen, Andrew Whelan, Santander regional director – real estate, Midlands, Barry Allen, head of office and regional commercial development at Savills and Ian Taylor, commercial director for Marketing Birmingham.
The event was sponsored by Savills and Santander.
Watch the videos below for a wrap-up of all the audience questions from the big event.
Question One comes from Paul Campbell of Richborough Estates: Does the Green Belt collar around Birimingham need loosening?
A question to our panel from Barry Sankey of Wright Hassall LLP: How critical is the HS2 proposal to the future development of the region? If it’s lost, will it leave the region disadvantaded against other areas of the UK and Europe?
Two questons to our panel from Andrea Arnall of Turley Associates: What are Birmingham’s priority regeneration projects for 2012? What is Birmingham doing to capitlaise on the London 2012 Olympic Games?
Ivan Kite of the Government Property Unit asks: Will the reduction in public sector employment in the region have a great effect on the economy and is the midlands blighted by too much derelict and empty industrial space?
A question to our panel from arts critic Terry Grimley: What mechanisms are in place to ensure future developments, particularly in Birmingham central, are going to be of acceptable architectural quality?
A question to our panel from David Meecham of Pinsent Masons: What’s the view on the release of the government departmental surplus land strategies and the reference to “build now pay later” disposals? Exciting or nothing new?
A question to our panel from Adrian Clarke of IM Properties: How effective do you think the current enterprise zones are and what more does the goverment need to do to make it economically viable for developers and investors in these areas?