The UK pioneered one of the most remarkable programmes of new communities in the post war era and our New Towns now house more than 2.8 million people. So why, given the consensus about the value of scale development, does it continue to be so difficult to achieve in practice?

The TCPA is publishing a briefing paper which takes stock of the current state of play and delivery barriers, drawing on lessons from the New Communities Group and elsewhere to reveal some of the key challenges surrounding the current debate on large scale development and to indicate some key actions which local and national government could take to unlock this opportunity. 

Join us for this timely launch and what we hope will be a provocative discussion.


10:30: Intro and Welcome from the Chair 

Katy Lock, Director - Communities (FJ Osborn Fellow), TCPA

10:40: Realising the ambition - Current delivery barriers

Robert Smith, Director, Hyas Consulting

10:50: Planning ahead - empowering local leaders

Cllr Linda Haysey, Leader, East Hertfordshire District Council

11:00: The Way Forward

Dr Hugh Ellis, Policy Director, TCPA

11:10: Q&A

11:40: Closing Remarks 

11:45: End 

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This publication and event is kindly supported by Hyas Consulting and The Lady Margaret Paterson Osborn Trust

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