The TCPA New Communities Group was established in 2009 by TCPA and the Department for Communities and Local Government. Its members are ambitious local authorities and development corporations planning and delivering exemplary large-scale new communities, from Garden City inspired new towns and villages to urban regeneration and extension schemes. The current Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and Homes England work closely with the Group to align support and learning for members.

The Group collectively helps to develop plans, provide political support and encourage a sharing of knowledge and best practice through seminars, workshops, study visits, parliamentary briefings, ministerial meetings and newsletters. Together the Group is providing innovative local leadership for plans delivering in the region of 283,500 new homes.

Download 'Building successful new communities: Lesson’s from the TCPA’s New Communities Group’ here.

Download the Planning Advisory Service case study: 'The TCPA New Communities Group: ambitious councils working together to deliver large-scale new communities' here.

Click here for information about current funding opportunities for new communities. 

Joining the New Communities Group

  • A programme of CPD learning opportunities through online surgery sessions, thematic webinars/seminars, workshops and site visits to developments – free to attend for all council staff (places may be limited to two per council depending on capacity of individual events).
  • Strategy Meetings – where members can exchange their experience of planning and delivering new communities.
  • Opportunities for high-level political engagement – including an annual parliamentary briefing for council leaders.
  • Bi-monthly newsletters - communicating progress of the new communities and highlighting news on relevant policy announcements, training events and opportunities
  • Regular updates on key legislative and policy changes which have direct relevance to the delivery of large scale new developments
  • Full organisational membership of the TCPA. Additional benefits of becoming TCPA members are discounted and free places at conferences, the distinguished monthly journal Town & Country Planning, the member’s bulletin, opportunities to be involved in policy making, and much more.

For further information about the New Communities Group including fees, or if your council is interested in joining, please contact Alex House at: [email protected]