More than half a century after the post-war New Towns were built, the idea of building a new generation of New Towns to help solve the housing crisis is moving up the political agenda. With this in mind, what lessons - good and bad - can we learn from the first generation of New Towns? What is their situation now, and what needs to be done to ensure they flourish and continue to provide good places to live? And how can we make sure that the next generation of New Towns create successful 21st century communities?

This 1-day conference will explore transferable lessons from the delivery of the post-war new towns; hear how existing new towns are tackling growth and renewal; and what is needed to make a new generation of new towns a success.  

The conference will include a keynote speech by Lucy Allan MP, Member for Telford and Chair of the new APPG on New Towns as well as leaders of New Towns, such as Sharon Taylor OBE Leader of Stevenage, and those trying to build successful large-scale new places today. Other confirmed speakers include TCPA Chief Executive Kate Henderson, and TCPA Director of Policy, Dr Hugh Ellis. More to be announced soon. 

Timings: registration from 10.00am for a 10.30am start.  The conference will end by 16.30pm.


Who should attend?

This conference is vital for all those involved in the renewal or creation of new communities: councillors, policy makers, developers, housebuilders, planners, consultants, urban designers, academics, architects, landscape architects, community activists – and anyone else who wants to help forge a consensus about the way we shape the country for the common good.


This conference has kindly been supported by The Lady Margaret Patterson Osborn Trust.

Interested in sponsoring this high-profile event? Please contact [email protected] 


This conference will include the launch of the latest stage of the TCPA's research into lessons from the New Towns and Garden Cities -this time looking at growth and renewal. 
More on the TCPA's New Towns and Garden Cities research here

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