TCPA to host garden city seminars for local authorities

The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) is running a series of free seminars to help local authorities take advantage of the Government's promise to help create locally-led garden cities.

Tree-lined street. Image: MorgueFile
Tree-lined street. Image: MorgueFile
In a statement, the TCPA said: "The nation is in the midst of an escalating housing crisis and urgent action is needed. Part of the solution to meeting Britain's growing housing need, is the creation of well-planned, large-scale sustainable new communities alongside the continued regeneration our existing towns and cities.

"With 'locally-led Garden Cities' on the agenda of the new Government, local authorities are firmly in the driving seat of planning for and stimulating growth. Councils have the opportunity to play a vital role in bringing forward the high quality new communities that the nation desperately needs."

The first seminar will be held in the world's first Garden City, Letchworth, on 7 July. Seminars are aimed at helping councillors and local authority officers as well as their delivery partners.

Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the TCPA said: "By adopting the Garden City approach councils can rebuild trust in the development process, offering people a better quality of life by allowing for the highest sustainability standards, economies of scale, and better use of infrastructure. Given the scale of the challenges facing our communities, there has never been a more important time for councils to be innovative and ambitious in meeting local housing needs and aspirations, seizing the opportunities to create world-class new communities."

Additional seminars will be held in the North West, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, York and Bristol over the autumn.

The events are supported by the Lady Margaret Patterson Osborn Trust, the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation and David Lock Associates.

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