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UK Study Tour 2012

Dates10 - 13 September 2012

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The UK has an unprecedented record in building Garden Cities and New Towns. Although it is now over 40 years since the last of our New Towns was designated, they continue to provide a wealth of experience upon which we can draw. At a time when the Government is preparing for a new wave of ‘locally supported large-scale development’ and has recognised in national policy that the supply of new homes can sometimes be best achieved through planning for larger-scale development that follows the principles of Garden Cities, this UK study tour will provide delegates with an insight into the lessons of the past and the opportunities for (and challenges in) delivering high-quality sustainable development in the context of planning reform. 

The four-day tour will take delegates on a journey through some of the most significant examples of UK planning of the 19th and 20th centuries, including the model village of Bournville, Letchworth (the first Garden City), Stevenage and Milton Keynes (the first and the largest of the New Towns, respectively), and some more contemporary examples of planning at scale and for a low-carbon future (in Cambridgeshire and at Lightmoor Village). 

Hear from key players involved in the planning and delivery of these communities; explore first hand the approaches used in design, layout, green infrastructure, governance, transport, energy and waste; and learn the transferable lessons for planning new communities today.

Delegate prices – £1,250 for TCPA members; £1,500 for non-members – includes all travel, activities, accommodation, food and soft refreshments.

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