Join the TCPA for this high-level seminar on the theme of 'Inclusive England' being held in conjunction with the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) and the Institute for Social Renewal, both at Newcastle University. The event is supported by Homes for the North, an alliance of almost twenty large housing associations who want to deliver more homes across the North of England.

As the country's oldest housing and planning charity, our aim is to address the social and economic challenges, and the opportunities in towns, and settlements, largely outside the eight English core cities, and the major conurbations, which can be overlooked by national policy makers - yet, on some estimates, house two thirds of the population. While largely in the North and Midlands, we feel that these areas - places once dependent on both heavy, and traditional industries, mining and (in the case of seaside towns) tourism - need a new national focus in a country without either a regional or a coherent urban policy. 

While some towns have made remarkable efforts to turn around their fortunes, through local endeavour, others are clearly struggling and, arguably, need support from national government (perhaps through a specific Northern agency) in partnership with local councils, other supportive organisations and housing providers. While we clearly do not claim to have instant solutions, we do want to start a national debate, adding substance to the Prime Minister's commitment, on taking office a year ago, to lead an inclusive government dedicated to serving all people in every part of the country.

We hope you will join us to examine the challenges and opportunities faced by communities in the North. The event will provide an open forum for discussion and debate about how planning and place-making - nationally and locally - can help deliver more inclusive places across the country. The event is FREE to attend and confirmed speakers include:

Peter Hetherington, TCPA Trustee, former Chair of the TCPA and Journalist

Carol Matthews, Chief Executive, Riverside

Dr Alasdair Rae, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield

Katie Schmuecker, Head of Policy, Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF)

Prof Andy Pike, Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURDS), Newcastle University

Prof Mark Shucksmith, Director, Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal, Newcastle University

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

Dr Hugh Ellis, Director of Policy, TCPA

Sally Thomas, CEO Scottish Housing Federation and Vice Chair, TCPA


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