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TCPA study tour to the Netherlands

The next TCPA study tour will visit the Netherlands, a country that shares many of the challenges facing the UK, including:
- pressure to increase and improve the housing stock
- densely populated areas and a shortage of land for development
- an increasing population and changing demographics
- the challenges of climate change and urban adaptation, especially flood risk
- sustainable energy solutions and meeting the 2020 targets.

Dates17 - 19 September 2013

In many areas the Netherlands is further advanced in addressing these challenges than the UK, giving considerable scope for drawing highly relevant lessons. For instance, the huge self-build programme at Almere recently inspired the UK government to make available more than £30m to support a new generation of self-build projects.

The TCPA is developing an exciting programme for this study tour that will inspire anyone interested in learning about the practicalities of delivering successful, sustainable new places as well as key lessons in retrofit and developing cohesive communities. Find out first-hand about the way in which issues such as public-private co-operation, climate change adaptation, green infrastructure, design quality, community engagement, and delivery of major housing developments have been tackled in the Netherlands. What has worked? What has not? What can we learn?


Highlights include:

  • A tour of Almere with opportunities to speak to local leaders, self-build home-owners, architects and others.
  • A visit to Borneo Island to learn about the transformation of the old industrial docklands into a desirable and sustainable place to live, with individually commissioned design.
  • A tour of Amersfoort, a historic city with a new urban extension of 20,000 new homes linked by a sustainable transport system.
  • IJburg, an island development near Amsterdam of 9,000 new homes, including homes for sale, for rent, and privately commissioned blocks.
  • Anna’s Hoeve, an urban extension located on a former sewage treatment works at Hilversum, with land sales controlled by the municipality who are prioritising low carbon self-build.

We will also hear from a Dutch planning expert about how the Dutch system works and how they achieve large-scale new developments that work both financially and socially to create thriving new places. 

Who should attend?

Elected members, council officers, private sector developers and anyone working to deliver sustainable developments and housing.

Book now! TCPA study tours are highly acclaimed and numbers are limited. 

Price: £1,500 TCPA members; £2,000 non-members.

Price includes all travel (departing from London); accommodation; meals; and expert tour guides. For more information please contact Michael McLean on 020 7930 8903 or michael.mclean@tcpa.org.uk

Download the booking form here, or book online following the link below. 


Members price£1500.00
Non-members price£2000.00

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