This 2-day tour will explore past and future innovations in the design and renewal of neighbourhoods and new communities through key projects in Yorkshire and North East England. The tour will start at 10am Wednesday 11th September at York railway station and end by 5.30pm Thursday 12th September back at York railway station. 

We are developing an exciting agenda* which so far includes:

New Earswick, York – Gateshead Innovation Village – Newcastle Upon Tyne (Byker, The Malings, Newcastle Gateshead Quayside) – Smith’s Dock, North Shields – Peterlee – Derwenthorpe, York

Key themes to be explored: Garden village design and stewardship, lifetime homes/sheltered housing, modular construction, ‘smart’ homes, estate regeneration, community engagement and placemaking, town centre renewal, new towns (stewardship/design/renewal), design codes, community energy production/district heating, eco-homes.

Please note: visits to New Earswick and Derwenthorpe will include additional learning on issues such as lifetime homes/energy/design which was not included in the 2017/18 ‘Understanding Garden Villages’ Tours.


Booking your place

Ticket price includes all transportation from start-end of tour, activities, overnight accommodation and meals. The tour will depart from York train station.

Delegate prices**:

£350 (incl. VAT) for TCPA members;

£450 (incl. VAT) for non-members;

TCPA New Communities Group members - special discounted price of £150 - subject to limited availability on a first come, first served basis. 

If you have any queries about the Tour, please contact Catriona MacRae at:

e: [email protected] t: 0207 930 89 03 

Terms and conditions:
The TCPA reserves the right to charge in the event of cancellation, depending on the notice given: 5 working days or fewer – 100%; 6-15 working days – 50%; 16-20 working days – 25%; 21 working days or more – 10%. Substitutions can be made at any time.


Discounted places on this tour have been made possible by the support of the Lady Margaret Patterson Osborn Trust


*Agenda may be subject to change.

**Because this package includes travel, we are required to account for this under the Tour Operators’ Margin Scheme rules for VAT purposes.  Accordingly, we do not charge you VAT for this tour. 

Image: Wilka Hudson from Newcastle, UK [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)] 

Book a place

Ticket Quantity Price

TCPA NCG Member Rate - LIMITED PLACES

Decrease Increase £150.00

TCPA Member Rate

Decrease Increase £350.00

Non-Member Rate

Decrease Increase £450.00