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In January 2017 government announced support for 14 new ‘Garden Villages’ in England; new ‘stand-alone’ communities of 1,500-10,000 homes, to complement support for larger ‘Garden Towns’. As the interest in Garden Communities at all scales increases, it’s important to understand the opportunities – and challenges - of applying the principles of Garden Cities at a smaller scale.  

The original garden villages were based on a strong foundation of industry and employment, stewardship, community facilities and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.  Today these characteristics are more important than ever. This study tour provides an opportunity to understand the characteristics of Garden Villages old and new, with a view to ensuring that new Garden Villages avoid being dormitory suburbs and instead become vibrant, diverse and affordable new communities.

This two-day tour will take delegates on a journey to some of the original industrial and Garden Villages, including Bournville, Port Sunlight, New Earswick and Saltaire to understand what made these places work. The tour will also visit contemporary and award-winning smaller planned communities, at Lightmoor and Derwenthorpe to see how these lessons can be transferred to the creation of new developments today.

Hear from key players in the organisations that planned and delivered these communities; explore first-hand the approaches used in the design, layout, green infrastructure, governance, stewardship, finance, deliverytransport, energy and waste; and learn the transferable lessons for planning new Garden Villages today.  

We are developing an exciting programme which so far includes:

Day 1: Bournville, Lightmoor and Port Sunlight

  • Explore George Cadbury’s philanthropic experiment at Bournville, which was a precursor to the Garden City movement.
  • Visit the contemporary development at Lightmoor Village, Telford, by Bournville Village Trust, where a partnership approach was central to delivery and provision has been made for the long-term stewardship of community assets.
  • Spend the evening at Port Sunlight, created by William Lever to provide his soap factory workers with decent, sanitary housing in a considered architectural and picturesque form, as part of a wider campaign for better welfare for workers. Hear how the Port Sunlight Village Trust manage community assets today. 


Day 2: Saltaire, New Earswick and Derwenthorpe

  • Following a tour of Port Sunlight visit the UNESCO World Heritage site at Saltaire Village and see its gridiron plan.
  • Explore Joseph Rowntree’s new community at New Earswick, the first to be designed by Garden City pioneers Raymond Unwin and Barry Parker, and today home to some innovative low-carbon ‘lifetime homes’.
  • Hear how the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust brought forward the award winning 540 home community at Derwenthorpe, explore its ‘lifetime homes’ and learn how the Super Sustainability Centre provides energy and a community space for residents.

The tour returns to Birmingham New Street at 20.30, with an option to depart from York Train station at 18.00. 


Who is the tour for?

This study tour is aimed at councillors, policy makers, developers, housebuilders, planners, consultants, urban designers, academics, architects, landscape architects, students, community activists – and anyone else who wants to understand how to apply Garden City principles at a range of scales.

Booking your place

Ticket price includes all transportation from start-end of tour, activities, accommodation, food and soft refreshments. The tour will depart from Birmingham New Street.

Delegate prices:

£275 (£330 incl.VAT) for TCPA members;

£375 (£450 incl. VAT) for non-members;

TCPA New Communities Group members - special price of £100 (£120 incl. VAT) - Limited Offer. 

We are delighted to be able to offer these low ticket prices due to the support of the Lady Margaret Patterson Osborn Trust and Bournville Village Trust, who are supporting the tour and accompanying ‘Understanding Garden Villages’ Guide, to be published in September 2017

If you have any queries about the Tour, please contact Jessica Fieth at:

e: Jessica.Fieth@tcpa.org.uk 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.

Booking for this event has now closed.