With growing support for new garden cities from the government and opposition benches, the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) is relaunching its Garden City campaign to ensure that new communities coming forward as 21st century garden cities are not only beautiful, but affordable, inclusive and resilient. To mark the relaunch of the campaign the TCPA is releasing its practical guide to help achieve this goal, aptly named The Art of Building a Garden City

 The publication, which is available from RIBA Bookshops, illustrates that the idea of the garden city is one of the most radical, practical and relevant legacies of British town planning.

 Katy Lock, who leads on the TCPA’s Garden Cities campaign, said:

 “We are in a unique position of having cross-party support for new garden cities as well as interest from councils and developers across the country. Our new book demonstrates that garden cities provide a powerful and unique model of development, and are much more than just homes with gardens, or a political buzzword for large-scale housing estates.

 “The book explores the principles and values that should inform the design and delivery approach for new Garden Cities and identifies the steps that need to be taken in order to deliver the highest standards of design today.

 “Above all it is designed to help reignite the ambition and enthusiasm for place-making that this nation once pioneered, and aims to provide a message of hope with a vital relevance for the future of our society.”

The book has been written by Kate Henderson, Katy Lock and Hugh Ellis. It brings together key findings from the TCPA’s campaign work, and draws on lessons from the first Garden Cities, the New Towns programme and other large-scale developments.

Wayne Hemingway MBE, CABE Chair of Building For Life, said:

“In these times when so much doesn’t seem to make sense, a return to Garden City principles is total common sense. It’s hard not to accept that growing inequality and rampant greed by some of our largest housing developers is making things much more difficult for those without family wealth or high paid jobs. Garden City thinking has always been rooted in egalitarianism, community participation, placemaking and good design. Good design can help to unlock delivery and break down the oft justified opposition to the downright ugly estates that have become the calling card of some developers.Community participation and a sense of empowerment is what has been missing in so many people’s lives. This book demonstrates how Garden Cities can do so much more than just deliver decent places to live.”

 For more information on the book and the authors, please visit: http://bit.ly/2o9BInG

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About the authors

Kate Henderson

Kate Henderson is chief executive of the TCPA, where she leads the association’s efforts to shape and advocate planning policies that put social justice and the environment at the heart of the debate.  Kate has raised the TCPA’s profile through a range of high-profile campaigns, research projects and policy initiatives, most notably around Garden Cities, affordable housing,

poverty and climate change.  She has been involved in a number of government panels and independent commissions, including the independent Lyons Housing Review. Kate is a visiting professor at the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London and a member of the Board of the International Federation of Housing and Planning. She regularly appears in the national and trade press and she has co-authored two previous books with her colleague Hugh Ellis.

Katy Lock

Katy Lock is the TCPA’s garden cities and new towns projects and policy manager and leads on the association’s campaigns and promotion of garden city principles in policy, education and the arts.

Katy is a chartered town planner and has a MRTPI and a background in planning, urban design and sustainability. Before joining the TCPA in 2011, she worked for several years in the private sector as an environmental planning consultant. Katy is currently a trustee for Planning Aid London.

At the TCPA, Katy manages the organisation’s policy strand Creating garden cities and suburbs today, including facilitating and reporting on cross-sector workshops and seminars, project managing and creating guidance and campaign documents and promoting the garden city model through seminars, events and lectures and in the media. She has worked closely with international organisations

concerned with the garden city movement, including the International Federation for

Housing and Planning Katy is currently working on a practical guide to meeting the high standards of

garden cities, a research project looking at transferable lessons from the new towns, and exploring how best to update the New Towns Act to deliver a new generation of garden cities.

Dr Hugh Ellis

Dr Hugh Ellis is Director of Policy at the TCPA, where he leads innovative research projects and campaigns and provides expert planning advice and policy analysis.  From 2000 to 2009 Hugh was National Planning Advisor to Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

He holds a Diploma in Town Planning, a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) in Urban Studies and a Doctorate in Land Use Planning from the University of Sheffield.  After spending a number of years working for the Coalfield Planning Cooperative on community planning projects Hugh took up a teaching and research post at the University of Sheffield, where his key interests were sustainable development and community participation.  Hugh has published two books on the future of planning and place making with his colleague Kate Henderson and is currently leading work streams around

climate change, social justice and the Raynsford Review of the English planning system. Hugh is a honorary professor in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queens University Belfast.

For more information about the TCPA’s Garden Cities campaign, please visit:  https://www.tcpa.org.uk/Pages/Category/garden-cities