New Communities Group Webinar

New developments must be built to withstand the increasing challenges of the climate crisis that we will face over the next century. They 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 developments can be made intrinsically resilient to the impacts of the climate crisis, including discussing the critical importance of site selection, the role of sustainable urban drainage systems and how to address the risk of overheating.  

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


Welcome and introduction from the Chair

Jim DaviesStrategic Environmental Planning Lead (Climate Change Adaptation), Environment Programme Team, Environment Agency; TCPA Policy Council 


Session 1: Flooding


Technical solutions and SUDS 

Louise Walker, Project Manager, CIRIA  


Case study Surface water

Harrogate Borough Council (invited)




Session 2: Overheating


Technical overview on overheating in new buildings

Gwyn RobertsHomes and Communities Lead, BRE (invited)  


Case study - Managing overheating - policy and practice 

Emma Davies, Principal Sustainability Consultant, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service 




Launch of new Garden City climate adaptation guide 

Jessie Fieth, Projects and Policy Manager, TCPA 

11:30 Close

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 for sponsoring the 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: 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.

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