The debate about the role of the 21st Century New Towns in tackling the nation's housing crisis is once again high on the political agenda.

Government has announced that it will deliver five new 'Garden Towns' using New Town Development Corporations (NTDCs); that New Towns will be used to drive growth in the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Corridor; and has published a consultation on the use of Development Corporations and Land Value Capture to fund infrastructure and housing delivery.

This conference will explore what lessons we can learn from the original New Towns to inform a new generation of Development Corporations and secure the growth & renewal of existing New Towns.

Drawing on the TCPA's latest research on the Growth and Renewal of UK New Towns, and the work of the New Towns All-Party Parliamentary Group and TCPA New Towns Network, it will explore what needs to be done to ensure the original New Towns can regain their spirit of ambition, celebrating as it does, how many are already seizing this opportunity. 


Agenda:

 

10.00   Registration opens

 

Tea & Coffee available

 

11.00   Welcome and introduction from the Chair

Mary Parsons, Chair, TCPA; and Group Director Placemaking and Regeneration, Places for People

 

Session 1: Challenges and opportunities for New Towns

11.05   Unfinished business – Opportunities for growth & renewal in UK New Towns

Katy Lock, Projects & Policy Manager (Garden Cities & New Towns), TCPA

 

11.25   Learning from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on New Towns

Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Member for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow and Co-Chair of the APPG on New Towns

 

11.45   Government’s commitment to new and existing New Towns

John McManus, Deputy Director, Land and Housing Delivery, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

 

Questions & discussion with the audience

 

12:30   Lunch Break

 

Session 2: New Towns Delivery Masterclass - ‘Building Britain’s Newest City’

This session will provide a unique insight in to the development of Britain’s newest and largest new city, Milton Keynes. It will highlight the challenges, opportunities and excitement, from those who shaped the design and drove the delivery of an entirely new regional centre, with one of the most vibrant economies in the UK. The session offers invaluable learning for all those working on large scale new development.

 

13:30   Introduction from the Chair

Mary Parsons, Chair, TCPA; and Group Director Placemaking and Regeneration, Places for People

 

13:35   Facilitated discussion with:

 

  • David Lock CBE MRTPI, Strategic Planning Adviser at David Lock Associates Limited, former Strategic Planner and Planning Manager for Central Milton Keynes at Milton Keynes Development Corporation (1977-1982)

 

  • Lee Shostak OBE, TCPA Honorary Treasurer, former Planning Manager and then Planning Director for Milton Keynes Development Corporation (1975-1980)

 

  • John Walker, Technical Director, Garden City Developments CIC, former Planning Director and Deputy Chief executive at Milton Keynes Development Corporation (1972-1992) and Chief Executive of the Commission for New Towns (1991-1999)

 

15:00   Tea & Coffee Break 

 

Session 3: Creating a new future for New Towns   

15:30   Introduction from the Chair

Mary Parsons, Chair, TCPA; and Group Director Placemaking and Regeneration, Places for People

 

15:35   Growing Hertfordshire’s New Towns 

Cllr David Williams, Leader, Hertfordshire County Council

 

15:55   Creating a healthy tomorrow for Skelmersdale

Kathryn Kavanagh, Well North Lead for Skelmersdale, Lead Manager Health Inequalities, West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (invited)

 

16:15   A new governance model for New Towns

Hugh Ellis, Director of Policy, TCPA

 

Questions & discussion with the audience

 

16:55   Conclusions from the Chair

Mary Parsons, Chair, TCPA; and Group Director Placemaking and Regeneration, Places for People

 

17:00   Conference finishes


Delegates will receive an invitation to an evening Parliamentary reception of the New Towns All-Party Parliamentary Group at the House of Commons, to which Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP has been invited.

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.


If you are interested in sponsoring this conference please contact Katy Lock at: [email protected].  

Check here if you qualify for the members’ rate.

We are grateful to the Lady Margaret Patterson Osborn Trust for supporting this conference. 

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