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New Towns for Today and Tomorrow – a conference of the APPG on New Towns

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17th November, 2023 : 9:00 am 3:30 pm

Free Booking essential

The New Towns programme remains the most ambitious urbanism initiative ever undertaken in the United Kingdom. The programme sought to provide jobs and affordable homes in healthy, balanced and thriving communities. The 32 New Towns delivered through the New Towns Act today provide homes for over 2.8 million people.

They represent some of the fastest growing and most successful, but also some of the most deprived communities in the UK. Do key issues of housing, green infrastructure, stewardship, public art and land ownership mean their growth and renewal could put New Towns back at the heart of exemplar development?

Meanwhile, cross-party interest in the role of New Towns in tackling the housing crisis continues to be high on the political agenda. What transferable lessons can we learn from the New Towns programme to inform the creation of a new generation of ambitious places?

This ‘in-person’ conference will bring together people from across the UK to explore the opportunities for the growth and renewal of our existing new towns. It will also explore transferable lessons for the creation of new communities today.

The event is from to attend and is taking place at the Torrance Hotel, East Kilbride, Glasgow, G74 4LN. Lunch is provided, booking is essential as space is limited.

Organised by the TCPA on behalf of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for New Towns and in partnership with South Lanarkshire Council.

TCPA Secretariat of the APPG on New Towns is supported by:

Agenda (may be subject to change)

9:00am: Coffee and registration

9:30am: Welcome and Introductions

  • Welcome and Introductions from the Conference Chair – Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Chair of the APPG on New Towns
  • Welcome from South Lanarkshire Council – Council Leader Joe Fagan

9:45am: The New Towns – Rise, Fall and Rebirth

  • Katy Lock, Director of Communities, Town & Country Planning Association

10:00am: Session One: New Towns – Growth and Renewal

  • The View from Warrington – John Laverick, CEO of Warrington & Co. (confirmed)
  • The View from Bracknell – Dr Emma Street, Associate Professor of Urban Policy and Governance, Henley Business School, and Victor Nicholls, Lecturer in Development and Planning, Henley Business School (confirmed)
  • The View from Harlow – Jake Shepherd, Harlow Ambassador, Geography Teacher at Leventhorpe, Young Trustee at Parndon Mill.

11:00am: Coffee Break

11:30am: Session Two: Lessons from Scottish New Towns

  • The Housing and Planning Landscape in Scotland – Craig McLaren, National Planning Improvement Champion, Improvement Service
  • Building Modern Scotland: Some thoughts from the architectural and social histories of the New Towns – Dr Alistair Fair, Reader in Architectural History, University of Edinburgh
  • The View from East Kilbride – Fraser Carlin, Head of Planning and Regulatory Services, South Lanarkshire Council
  • The View from Cumbernauld – Cllr Adam Smith, Cumbernauld East, North Lanarkshire Council

1:00pm: Lunch

2:00pm: East Kilbride Study Tour

3:30pm: Event End

135 Main Street
East Kilbride, Glasgow, G74 4LN United Kingdom
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