Garden Cities and New Towns

Since our creation to promote the Garden City idea in 1899, the TCPA has recognised the role of new communities as part of a portfolio of solutions necessary to provide genuinely affordable homes in inclusive, healthy and climate resilient places. The Garden City model is relevant to development at all scales, in new and renewed communities.  

The TCPA is campaigning for a new generation of Garden Cities based on modern Garden City Principles. This involves working cross-sector and at all levels of government to influence policy and legislation, raise awareness through guidance and training, and work with real places to explore the barriers, opportunities and practical solutions necessary to make new garden cities a reality. Our campaigns are underpinned by research exploring lessons from the past and present, including the New Towns programme.   

This work is complemented by a programme of support, training and guidance for councils, communities, the private sector and anyone interested in creating better places.  

Become a member

Join our community of members to access our archive of recordings from past climate related webinars and workshops and receive discounts on future events.

Building the Future

We’re proposing a new development model to ensure that everyone has access to the ‘good life’. Our proposition paper sets out what this would look like, and why we need it.


Garden City Standards for the 21st Century

The TCPA has produced a suite of guidance outlining practical steps for all those interested in making 21st-century Garden Cities a reality. Guidance provides detail and case studies on a wide range of key issues, including planning, investment, land assembly, delivery, and long-term stewardship


Long-term stewardship

Creating places which enable people to live healthy and fulfilling lives means providing the spaces, places and infrastructure that people need to live well and which enable the natural world to thrive.