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TCPA Briefing: Building the future – Lessons from the New Towns

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10th June : 1:30 pm 2:30 pm


Addressing the housing crisis remains high on the political agenda this general election year. From New Towns and Development Corporations, to Garden Cities and Garden Communities, cross-party interest in the role of new settlements in tackling the housing crisis continues to gain momentum.

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.

There are many lessons to be learnt from the successes and failures of the New Towns programme. This incudes the key issues of housing, green infrastructure, stewardship, culture, finance, land ownership and delivery. Learning the transferable lessons of the New Towns programme is essential to inform the creation of a new generation of ambitious new places today.

This timely online briefing and debate will draw on the TCPA’s extensive work on the subject, including our recent publication “Our shared future: A TCPA White Paper for Homes and Communities and RIBA Publication ‘New Towns: Rise, Fall, Rebirth’ . Join us for what promises to be a lively and informative debate.

Due to the support of our sponsors this online event is free to attend.

This event is kindly sponsored by Pinsent Masons and the Lady Margaret Paterson Osborn Trust


13:30Welcome and introduction from the Chair  
Fiona Howie, Chief Executive, TCPA
13:35Addressing the Housing Crisis – Lessons from the New Towns
Katy Lock, Director of Communities (FJ Osborn Fellow), TCPA, and Hugh Ellis, Director of Policy, TCPA 
13:55Response: Pinsent Masons  
Jamie Lockerbie, Partner, Pinsent Masons (TBC)
14:25Next Steps