This free webinar will launch a new technical guide from the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) in collaboration with AECOM, looking at the role of project and programme management in delivering successful new large-scale communities.

The creation of new communities on strategic large-scale sites continues to play an important role in addressing housing and growth needs in England. These are complex, long-term projects which require real commitment from across the political, corporate and planning divisions of local authorities. Those tasked with delivering new communities have highlighted the importance of strong project management - a dedicated team with a breadth of expertise, and positive collaborative working with a range of stakeholders.

As highlighted by members of the TCPA’s New Communities Group (NCG), there is both a desire for guidance on best practice and a wealth of experience from local authorities who have delivered successful new communities from which we can draw on and learn from to inform future projects. Questions such as ‘what internal structures within the authority have worked well?’, ‘who has provided the integral leadership role?’, and ‘how has phasing been planned for?’, will help other local authorities to build on their success to help deliver quality new places the country needs.

Through this project, the TCPA has brought together learning and recommendations on project and programme management, drawing on good practice in local authorities and private sector partners to help achieve the successful delivery of new communities.


10:00    Welcome and introduction from the Chair

Katy Lock, Director of Communities & Project Delivery (FJ Osborn Fellow) TCPA

10:05    The importance of a programmatic approach

AECOM (speaker tbc)

10:15    Introducing the new TCPA's publication 'A technical guide to project and programme                  management for local authorities'

Alex House, Projects & Policy Manager, TCPA and Cova Cervilla Bordiu, Osborn Research Assistant, TCPA

10:30    Q&A

10:50   Experience of programme management at Manydown 

Representative from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council 

11:00   Experience of programme management at Whitehill and Bordon

Danielle Friedman-Brown, Regeneration & Placemaking Manager, East Hampshire District Council  

11:10    Q&A

11:30    End      

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