Many new developments start with good intentions and provide community facilities such as a beautiful park or a community centre but all too often, 20 years later that park or community centre has become a derelict eyesore – a liability rather than an asset. In an age of austerity, how can we ensure that the new parks, community centres, arts centres and other assets of great value to local people created within new developments are well looked after in perpetuity?

Learning from the garden city approach, through long-term stewardship councils and delivery partners can provide the means to create great places, not just housing estates. This approach helps to rebuild trust in the development process, offering people a better quality of life from new development by allowing for the highest sustainability standards, economies of scale and better use of infrastructure.

This half-day seminar will provide an opportunity to learn about different approaches to the long-term stewardship of community facilities and assets – an essential ingredient to the ongoing success of a community.

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12.00   Registration and light lunch

12.30   Welcome and introduction from the Chair

Julia Thrift, Projects and Operations Director, TCPA

Session 1: Garden City approaches to long-term stewardship  

12.40   Stewardship in new large-scale developments and Garden Cities – Launch of new practical guide

Katy Lock, Projects and Policy Manager, TCPA

13.00   Managing a new community at Lightmoor

Peter Roach, Chief Executive, Bournville Village Trust

13.20   Lessons from the Letchworth model

David Ames, Head of Heritage and Strategic Planning, Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation

13.40   Questions and discussion

14.00   Coffee and networking


Session 2: Practical examples of successful stewardship models in new communities

14.20   Opportunities for stewardship models in new developments: a private sector perspective

Andrew Taylor, Director – Head of Planning, Countryside Properties Plc

14.40   Managing green space in large-scale development

Euan Hall, Chief Executive, The Land Trust

15.00   Developing a local management organisation 

Speaker (TBC)

15.20   Questions and discussion

15.40   Closing remarks from the Chair

15.45   Networking

16.00   Seminar end


£50+vat (£60) for TCPA Members; £100+vat (£120) for non-members; FREE for TCPA New Communities Group members.

This seminar is part of the TCPA New Communities Group (NCG) programme of events. The NCG consists of local authorities and development corporations bringing forward large-scale new developments, from Garden City inspired new towns and villages to urban regeneration and extension schemes. Further information on joining the NCG is available here.

Please note that it is not necessary to be registered on the site in order to complete your booking. Just enter your name and email address when completing the purchase to become registered automatically.

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