Too often new developments are designed without any consideration of the character or vernacular of the locality, resorting to standard house types and street layouts which both encourage car use and result in ‘anywhereville’. Planning new communities from scratch gives us a unique opportunity to design holistically; considering how a place can both look beautiful and function effectively.


Building on the findings of the Government’s national design guide and the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, this webinar will explore their implications for design in large-scale new communities, and look at examples of where good design principles have been realised. We will explore topics such as how to create character and identity, integrating transport networks, planning for sustainable homes and attractive public spaces, as well as deigning in nature.




14:00   Welcome and introduction from the Chair

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


14:10   National design guide – guidance for beautiful, enduring and successful places

Andy von Bradsky RIBA FRSA, Head of Architecture, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government


14:20   Findings from the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission

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


14:30  Q&A


14:45   Coherent design patterns at Great Western Park, Didcot

Cathie Scotting, Major Applications Team Leader, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils


14:55   Leading the quality agenda in Ebbsfleet

Simon Harrison, Head of Design, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation 


15:05   Designing high quality green public spaces at Beaulieu, Chelmsford

Karen Short, Principal Planning Officer, Directorate for Sustainable Communities, Chelmsford City Council


15:15   Q&A


15:30   Webinar end

Price: FREE for TCPA New Communities Group (NCG) members, £15+vat (£18) for TCPA Members; £25+vat (£30) for non-members; 

Check here to see a list of local authorities which qualify for the TCPA Member and NCG rates.

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.

Please note that it is not necessary to be registered on the site in order to complete your booking. Just enter your name and email address when completing the purchase to become registered automatically.

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