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July conference will launch Rogers' urban task force plans

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Prince Charles, Lord Rogers and John Prescott will speak at a national conference that sees the launch of long-awaited urban taskforce action plans.

Rogers and the deputy pm will talk about the 'prospectus for action' at Urban Villages Forum's Manchester conference, and take up the challenge of urban renaissance and revitalising towns and cities.

Lord Rogers is keeping tight-lipped about the prospectus until the conference launch on 14 July. But taskforce secretary Jon Rouse, a former policy and planning manager at English Partnerships, said it would be a consultative paper inviting questions and comment.

'We are concerned with the product and finance,' he said. 'We will not recommend how much brownfield building should take place. The government has set a target of 60 per cent and we will use that as our starting point. It is not how much, but how we achieve development on brownfield land.'

The Prince of Wales will also address the conference via a video message.

Delegates will look at leading urban regeneration schemes, be updated on London's Greenwich Millennium village and visit Ancoats urban village at Salford Quays and the rebuilt Manchester City Centre.

Contact Amanda Sykes: 0171 462 6761.

Jez Abbott

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