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Garden City principles:from theory to practice - a conference on delivering the standards of Garden Cities today


Published by Nneka Opara for TCPA in Communities and also in Environment, Housing, Local Government

17 April 2014

Leading Housing and Planning Charity the Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA) is pleased to announce that the conference Garden City principles: from theory to practice will take place on Thursday 15 May at St Martin-in–the-Fields, London WC2N 4JJ.

With Garden Cities continuing to make the headlines, the TCPA welcomes the newly published Government prospectus Locally-Led Garden Cities which has brought attention to the principles required to create these well designed and inclusive new communities.  However, a number of questions remain around how well understood the Principles are and how exactly they can be put into practice.

This timely conference brings together practitioners, local leaders, private sector consultants, planners, designers, developers and others who are committed to delivering a new generation of Garden Cities in a mixture of plenary session and workshops that will explore the vital role that the Garden City Principles play in planning high quality, sustainable new places.  The event is vital for anyone involved in bringing forward large-scale new developments – in particular those that might be submitted for funding following the publication of the prospectus.  

 In June, the TCPA will also be launching Garden Cities Today: a Practical Guide on Standards which will target local authorities, the private sector and communities, and offer practical details and guidance on delivering the necessary standards to deliver 21st Century Garden Cities.  

 TCPA Head of Policy Hugh Ellis said:

'While is it positive to see that all of our Garden Cities Principles have been set out in the Government Prospectus, we do feel that there is a need for more clarity around the principles, and how they can be put into practice, to ensure that a comprehensive approach to a programme of Garden Cities across the country is taken. This conference will allow participants to gain a thorough understanding of the Garden Cities Principles and how to deliver them today, offering clear guidance and setting out the core standards required to create the types of beautiful, inclusive communities that will be welcomed today and valued by future generations.”

 The TCPA has produced a number of practical guides on the Garden City concept and principles, the finance and delivery of Garden Cities, and on specific issues such as long-term stewardship and land value capture for the benefit of the community. These are available on the TCPA website




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