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The TCPA has a long history of running study tours – these have provided opportunities to visit inspirational places, meet those involved in their planning and development, and discuss the successes as well as the challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic means that these visits are not currently possible, so instead the TCPA is running a series of place-specific online events. Each will explore how a large-scale development was planned for and built, and what lessons can be learnt from this. 

Cornwall has an ambitious programme for creating new places and this masterclass fosters a conversation between the key players from a variety of developments in Cornwall, including West Carclaze, Langarth and Nansledan. They will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches taken, the challenges faced and the lessons that have been learnt along the way. 

This event will offer an invaluable learning opportunity for all those working on large scale new developments, or indeed anyone who would like to learn about the planning and delivery of successful new communities. 


10:00   Introduction from the Chair

Fiona Howie, Chief Executive, TCPA

10:05 Scene setting

Louise Wood, Cornwall Council

10:15   Introduction to Nansledan 

Nick Pollock, Duchy of Cornwall

10:25   Introduction to West Carclaze 

John Hodkin, Eco-bos

10:35   Introduction to Langarth Garden Village 

Adam Birchall, Cornwall Council  

10:45   Challenges and opportunities of these three sites 

Louise Wood, Cornwall Council

11:05   Facilitated discussion, followed by Q & A  

11:30   End 

About the speakers

Nick Pollock

Nick Pollock is Head of Planning at the Duchy of Cornwall. Prior to this he was Deputy Estate Surveyor for five years mainly focussed on the development of Nansledan in Newquay (circa 3700 homes and jobs), Poundbury and Truro Eastern District Centre. Nick joined the Duchy in 2010 having spent 16 years in planning consultancy for RPS in Bristol latterly as Planning Director and prior to that in London with Turley and Indigo Planning. 

He works nationally across the Estate with a focus on building sustainable walkable neighbourhoods underpinned by local engagement and participation. Nick has a particular interest in seeing how housing can act as a catalyst to build community, how different levels of engagement drives community cohesion and how integrated mixed use can have a sustainable and beneficial impact with the creation of vibrant places to live, work and play.

John Hodkin 

John’s involvement at West Carclaze began at the project outset in 2007 whilst working at IMERYS and moved to ECO-BOS on its creation in 2010. As Managing Director John guided the Company through developing its identity, securing the initial planning consents and gaining national accreditation through the Eco-town and Garden Village initiatives. Born and bred in Mid-Cornwall John identifies strongly with the principles and values of ECO-BOS, and is committed to the creation of a new sustainable community at West Carclaze.


Adam Birchall

Adam is currently Head of Sustainable Development in the Planning service at Cornwall Council.  In that role, he works with colleagues across the Planning service and more broadly across the Council, to ensure delivery of the local plan.  He has responsibility for a variety of town centre, residential and infrastructure projects in Cornwall, and leads several place shaping groups.  He also manages the Building control service. His career started with the County Farms Service at Cornwall Council, before taking over responsibility for the office estate of the Council, and a series of major refurbishment and new build schemes. 


Louise Wood

Louise has over 15 years planning experience and is currently Service Director for Planning and Sustainable Development at Cornwall Council.  Louise’s journey into the sector comes from a background in art and design where her interest in the impact of places on people has ultimately resulted in her dedication to creating great places.  Her early career was spent working in outer London Authorities before returning to Cornwall in 2007.

Over the last decade she has worked across a range of roles in Cornwall Council including policy development, regeneration projects and decision making.  A significant amount of her work has been focused on the delivery of largescale projects most notably West Carclaze Garden Village which has been progressed from a concept to delivery.  

Price: FREE for TCPA New Communities Group (NCG) members, FREE for PERFECT partners, £20+vat (£24) for TCPA Members; £40+vat (£48) for non-members; 

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