The TCPA has a long history of running study tours – these have provided opportunities to visit inspirational places, meet those involved in their planning and development, and discuss the successes as well as the challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic means that these visits are not currently possible, so instead the TCPA is running a series of place-specific online events. Each will explore how a large-scale development was planned for and built, and what lessons can be learnt from this.

The first masterclass in the series will be a conversation with David Lock, Lee Shostak and John Walker, who all played an integral role in shaping the design and driving the delivery of Britain’s newest and largest new city, Milton Keynes. It will be a unique chance to hear the reflections of the people who were there at the time, and learn from the wealth of experience they gained from it.

This event will offer an invaluable learning opportunity for all those working on large scale new development, or indeed anyone who would like to learn about the planning and delivery of successful large scale development.

The three guests each played a key role in the planning and delivery of Milton Keynes:

  • David Lock CBE MRTPI, Strategic Planning Adviser at David Lock Associates Limited, former Strategic Planner and Planning Manager for Central Milton Keynes at Milton Keynes Development Corporation (1977-1982)
  • Lee Shostak OBE, TCPA Honorary Treasurer, former Planning Manager and then Planning Director for Milton Keynes Development Corporation (1975-1980)
  • John Walker, Technical Director, Garden City Developments CIC, former Planning Director and Deputy Chief Executive at Milton Keynes Development Corporation (1972-1992) and Chief Executive of the Commission for New Towns (1991-1999)


14:00   Introduction from the Chair

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

14:10   Brief introduction from David Lock, Lee Shostak and John Walker, followed by facilitated discussion

Key themes that will be discussed include governance, design, strategic planning and the role of local and national government.

14:45   Q & A


15:15   End

Price: FREE for TCPA New Communities Group (NCG) members, £20+vat (£24) for TCPA Members; £40+vat (£48) for non-members; 

Click here to check if you qualify for the NCG or TCPA Member rate

Please note this webinar will be broadcast using Zoom software. Please make sure you carry out a Test Meeting in advance of the webinar to test your system compatibility, internet connection and audio settings ahead of time to ensure you are able to join. You can do this here: Please also make sure your IT department will allow the use of Zoom as we will not be able to provide refunds if you cannot join for technical reasons.

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