Piece Hall CEO joins charity’s placemaking commission

The chief executive officer of the Halifax attraction, The Piece Hall, Nick Chance Thompson has been named commissioner of Create Streets Foundation’s no place left behind group.

The role will see Thompson join charitably incorporated organisation’s Commission into Prosperity and Community Placemaking, that has been set up to help improve the quality of lives lived in under-valued neighbourhoods.

The commission, which is chaired by Toby Lloyd the former head of policy for Shelter and housing advisor to the Prime Minister, will focus on developing approaches that can empower local communities, such as community led housing and asset ownership, community business/locally-led enterprising, co-operative action, better planning, regenerative development, design and stewardship.

Alongside Chance Thompson, other commissioners include Mary Parson, director of placemaking and regeneration at Places for People; Caroline Gore-Booth a project manager at Giroscope, a self-help housing project in Hull; and Matt Leach the CEO of place-based funder Local Trust.

The commission which is due to report in summer 2021 and currently has a call for evidence open until Monday 2 November. The commission which plans to recommend changes to policy and practice to improve the quality of people’s surroundings and of lives in England’s poorer communities that are often neglected and “left behind”, is keen to hear from anyone who feels “they have a stake in what the “levelling up” agenda should mean on the ground for communities”.

Chance Thompson, told TheBusinessDesk.com, “I’m really honoured to have been asked to be part of this incredibly important commission. Placemaking needs to be about levelling up for everyone and towns are often neglected at the expense of cities. I look forward to working with Toby Lloyd and the other fantastic group of commissioners to ensure more voices are heard and listened to.”

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