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TCPA Spring Conference 2024: Creating healthy new towns: past, present – and future? (Zoom)

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19th March : 9:30 am 3:30 pm

Planning and the built environment have a key role to play in the determinants of health and health inequalities. Starting with a look back to the post war New Towns, the TCPA’s Spring Conference will consider what they tried to achieve in terms of the health of their communities and if they succeeded. Moving to the current day and five years on from the NHS England’s Healthy New Towns programme we will hear about why the initiative was set up and what has been learned from its achievements. Innovations for contemporary new communities, such as social prescribing and embedding health in planning policy, will be examined. Looking at development now and in the future, we will ask what more can be done to create places that support people’s health? 

Session 1: Lessons from the post-war New Towns

9:30Welcome and introduction from the Chair
Fiona Howie, CEO, TCPA 
9:35Keynote speech: The Baroness Dr Taylor of Stevenage OBE, Shadow Spokesperson for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities 
10:00Setting the scene: lessons for a new generation of New Towns
Katy Lock, Director of Communities (FJ Osborn Fellow), TCPA
10:15Case Study: Milton Keynes
Matthew Clarke, Principal Urban Designer, Milton Keynes Council
10:25Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Member of Parliament for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on New Towns and the All Party Parliamentary Health Group 
11:00End of session 1

Session 2: NHS England’s Healthy New Towns project: five years on what has been learned? 

11:30Welcome and introduction from the Chair
Julia Thrift, Director of Healthier Place-making, TCPA
11:35The ambitions of the NHS England’s Healthy New Towns project 
Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow in Health Policy, The King’s Fund 
12:05Barton and Bicester: what can be learned from Oxfordshire’s two healthy new towns? 
Rosie Rowe, Head of Healthy Place Shaping, Oxfordshire County Council
12:20Kate Hillerby, East Hants, Whitehill & Bordon Healthy New Town
12:35Darlington healthy new town – embedding health in planning policy, lessons learned 
Timothy Crawshaw, Chair of the Tees Valley Nature Partnership, Planning and Development Consultant, Global Thought Leader and former President of the RTPI  
12:45Panel discussion
13:00End of session 2

Session 3: Innovations for contemporary new communities 

14:00Welcome and introduction from the Chair
Gemma Hyde, Projects and Policy Manager – Healthier Place-making TCPA
14:05Fionnuala Lennon, Head, Markets Partners & Places – South, Homes England 
14:30Panel discussion: How are places and new communities tackling health inequalities and what does this mean for other new communities? 
-Owen Reading, Associate Urban Designer, David Lock Associates
Elly de Decker, Chief executive, Bromley by Bow Centre 
Andy Netherton, Programme Manager (Housing, Planning and Environments for Health), Directorate for Prevention and the Public Health System, Department of Health and Social Care
15:25Summary and reflections from the Chair 


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