In the context of demand for new homes, Government has placed a huge emphasis on the challenges of ‘traditional’ construction techniques due to the need to deliver at speed, skills shortages in the sector and the need to build homes more sustainably. Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) have the potential to overcome those challenges – there is a rise of confidence that it will play a greater role in home building.

This seminar will launch a new TCPA guide on MMC, as part of the TCPA’s Practical Guide series, to provide local authorities and their private sector delivery partners with an introduction to using them in larger scale sites. The guide gives an overview of the opportunities and challenges of using MMC at scale, signposts detailed technical information and shares learning through case studies.


12:30   Registration

A light lunch will be available

13:00   Welcome and introduction from the Chair

Anna Rose, Head of the Planning Advisory Service, Local Government Association

13:05   Modernise or Die – The Case for Modern Methods of Construction 

Mark Farmer, Champion for Modern Methods of Construction, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, and Founding Director & CEO, Cast Consultancy

13:20   Placemaking and MMC in new communities 

Katy Lock, Director of Communities, TCPA

13:40   Future-proof homes in sustainable communities in Corby

Joseph Daniels, CEO and Founder, Project Etopia (invited)

14:00   Q&A

14:20   Coffee break

14:45   Securing Planning Permission for MMC on large sites

Phil Collings, National Senior Land Manager, Homes England

15:05   Accelerated Delivery through MMC at Northstowe 

Speaker tbc, South Cambridgeshire District Council (Invited)

15:25   Q&A

15:45   Closing remarks from the Chair

15:50   Networking

16:00   Seminar end

Agenda may be subject to change

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

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This event is kindly supported by: 

etopia Corby and the Lady Margaret Patterson Osborn Trust 

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.

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