Following on from the research project New Towns & Garden Cities: Lessons for Tomorrow, and in the context of government’s renewed interest in New Towns and the New Towns Act, in 2016 TCPA held a series of roundtables across the United Kingdom with the New Town authorities to understand how to raise the profile of the New Towns and understand their specific renewal needs and promote their growth opportunities.

The roundtables were held in Warrington, Edinburgh, Belfast and Milton Keynes and provided an opportunity to:

  • share experience of growth and renewal opportunities and challenges in new towns across the UK.
  • discuss how the new towns can best be celebrated and their specific needs and opportunities recognised by government.
  • explore the opportunity for and potential remit of a new towns group - a network of new town local authorities.
  • provide new town authorities with an update of current government interest in new towns legislation.

Full details of the TCPA New Towns Network and further events will be available on this website soon. 

Please contact Katy Lock for further details ([email protected] or on 0207 930 8903).

New Towns 

The TCPA is undertaking an ongoing research study to identify transferable lessons from the Garden Cities and the New Towns programme (available here).

Key facts about each of the New Towns are provided below. 

England 

Basildon

Bracknell

Central Lancashire

Corby

Crawley

Harlow

Hatfield

Hemel Hempstead

Milton Keynes

Newton Aycliffe

Northampton

Peterborough

Peterlee

Redditch

Runcorn

Skelmersdale

Stevenage

Telford (formerly Dawley)

Warrington

Washington

Welwyn Garden City

Scotland 

Cumbernauld

East Kilbride

Glenrothes

Irvine

Livingston

Wales 

Cwmbran

Newtown

Northern Ireland 

Antrim

Ballymena

Craigavon

Derry/Londonderry

Celebrating 70 years of the New Towns Act

2016 marked the 70th anniversary of the 1946 New Towns Act, and of the designation of the first New Town at Stevenage. It also marked 500 years since the publication of Sir Thomas More’s Utopia (a publication which itself proposed 54 new towns as a means of preventing ‘suburban sprawl’ and which was referred to by Lewis Silkin, as Minister of Town and Country Planning, in the Second Reading of the New Towns Bill).

Spurred on by the 70th anniversary of the New Towns Act 1946, in 2016 the TCPA organised a number of events and activities, including a study tour, a conference and a short film which takes its name from Stevenage’s motto, ‘The heart of the new town lies in its people’, and can be viewed below and at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyCEK8k7jjg.

Stevenage’s 70th birthday marked the start of a series of opportunities to celebrate the New Towns as they reach significant milestones. In 2017 Milton Keynes will be 50, while Crawley, Hemel Hempstead, Harlow, Newton Aycliffe, and East Kilbride will turn 70. The TCPA, once instrumental in helping to shape these places, will continue to support them and seek out and disseminate lessons from the New Town experience, while campaigning for a new generation of new communities today.

Further information on 70 years of the New Towns Act available here

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