12 October 2010
A leading planning and design expert is this week urging leaders from both the private and public sector to work in partnership to help shape and improve the city’s public realm.
Speaking at the City Centre Vision Conference taking place at Savilles Hall, Clarence Dock on Friday Sue Ansbro, Director of Planning & Design, WYG will be highlighting the key areas to delivering a quality public realm in a time of economic downturn.
Business leaders from around the city are expected to attend the conference which will address the vision for the city centre whilst reviewing the priorities set out at 2008’s conference.
Sue, who is chair of Quality Places & Spaces, a sub-group of the Leeds Chamber Property Forum, is speaking on the day. She said: “If we are to create a safe and sustainable future for the city centre then it is imperative that we as business and civic leaders and experts find new way of collaborative working to create a shared vision and deliver upon our aspirations.
“Through the work Quality Places & Spaces has undertaken we have learnt that a well connected city is a fundamental requirement to our goals, that a shared vision is critical and that we must engender a sense of ownership, pride and responsibility for our spaces. Neither must we be afraid of learning from other cities across Europe and beyond.”
Sue has over 32 years as a town planner in Leeds working for the City Council and private sector. She regularly works as part of multi-disciplinary project teams in both a technical capacity and in a project co-ordination role bringing complex schemes through to fruition. Recently in her capacity at WYG Sue has worked on several Leeds projects such as, Leeds Canal Basin, the extension at LBIA, the City One scheme and the Broadgate scheme.
For more information about the conference, visit www.leedscitycentrevision.org.