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9th November, 2021 @ 10:00 am 11:30 am

New Communities Group Webinar

New development must be built to withstand the challenges of climate change that will hit us over the next century. It must be designed from the outset to avoid and manage the flow of excess water and protect communities from the risks of overheating. Large-scale new development offers particular opportunities to deliver resilient communities, including considering climate adaptation in the overall design and layout of development, ensuring all homes are appropriately ventilated and resilient to flood risk so that future retrofitting is unnecessary and integrating green infrastructure throughout the development to provide shade to people and buildings.  

This webinar will explore the ways in which new development can be made intrinsically resilient to the impacts of climate change, including discussing the critical importance of site selection, the role of sustainable urban drainage systems and how to address the risk of overheating.  

The latest addition to the TCPA’s suite of practical guides for creating successful new communities will also be launched at the webinar.  


Welcome and introduction from the ChairJim DaviesStrategic Environmental Planning Lead (Climate Change Adaptation), Environment Programme Team, Environment Agency; TCPA Policy Council 


Session 1: Flooding

10:10Flood Re and the insurance problem

Katherine Greig, Head of Transition, Flood Re


Technical solutions and SUDS 

Louise Walker, Project Manager, CIRIA  



Session 2: Overheating

10:50Technical overview on overheating in new buildings

Gwyn Roberts, Homes and Communities Lead, BRE

Case study – Managing overheating – policy and practiceEmma Davies, Principal Sustainability Consultant, Greater CambridgeShared Planning Service 




Launch of new Garden City climate adaptation guide 

Jessie Fieth, Projects and Policy Manager, TCPA 



The webinar is essential for councillors, developers, consultants, business leaders, council officers, community groups, architects and designers, students and anyone who is interested in the future of design of new communities. 

This is a New Communities Group webinar. We’re grateful to Flood Re and the Lady Margaret Patterson Osborn Trust for supporting this event.

Prices: FREE for TCPA New Communities Group (NCG) members, £25+vat for TCPA Members; £45+vat 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 have registered on the Zoom website to receive a link to the webinar. You will find the registration link in your confirmation email.

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: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115002262083-Joining-a-test-meeting. 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. Recordings will not be circulated after the event.

Please make sure you have registered on the Zoom website to receive a link to the webinar. You will find the registration link in your confirmation email.