Quality of place matters; it provides the structure through which communities grow and it strengthens local economies. The transformation of places as different as Sheffield and Cambridge show that leaders manage to deliver quality despite limited resources. So is delivering quality a question of leadership rather than resources, and if so what are the current pressures on leaders and how might they be overcome?

We will join leaders from local government and built environment experts at a roundtable in the House of Lords, chaired by Lord Bob Kerslake. Lord Kerslake will lead a discussion exploring the pressures leaders face and the choices today’s leaders need to make, faced with new housing challenges, devolution opportunities and limited access to borrowing, to create good quality, community places.