This two-day tour will explore past and future innovations in the design and renewal of neighbourhoods and new communities  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. 

The agenda includes six site visits: 

Day 1. New Earswick, York - Gateshead Innovation Village - Newcastle Upon Tyne (Byker, Ouseburn & Newcastle Gateshead Quayside) 

  • The tour starts at Joseph Rowntree's new community, New Earswick, the first to be designed by Garden City pioneers Raymond Unwin and Barry Parker, and seeing some innovative low-carbon 'lifetime homes'.
  • Next to Home Group's brand new Innovation Village in Gateshead, a live research project looking at different construction methods and housing types - hearing about, and seeing, the traditional, modular, energy efficient and smart technology homes on site.
  • Three stops in Newcastle, visiting a Byker the grade II listed council estate, award winning Malings - part of the regeneration of Ouseburn, and the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside. 

Day 2. Smith’s Dock, North Shields - Peterlee - Derwenthorpe, York

  • The day will start at Smith's Dock in North Shields, the regenerated waterfront and modern coastal community including thoughtfully designed public spaces.  
  • Mark 1 New Town, Peterlee, built in 1948 will include a stop at the iconic Apollo Pavilion designed by Victor Pasmore.
  • Finishing at Derwenthorpe, visiting the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust's award winning, digitally inclusive, mixed-tenure development with Super Sustainability Centre.


  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, 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:

e: [email protected]

t: 0207 930 89 03 

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

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.

*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. 

Banner image: Wilka Hudson from Newcastle, UK [CC BY 2.0 (] 

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