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New Towns & Garden Cities: Lessons for Tomorrow project

New Towns & Garden Cities: Lessons for Tomorrow project

With new Garden Cities fimly on the political agenda in England (and as Scotland and Wales explore the opportunities for new communities to help meet their housing needs), it is important to learn the lessons – good and bad – from what has been done before. To help inform the debate and to respond to issues identified in successive House of Commons Select Committee reports, the TCPA is undertaking a research study to identify transferable lessons from the Garden Cities and the New Towns programme.

The study seeks to address some of the identified research and knowledge gaps concerning – and to provide a greater understanding and in-depth analysis of – the New Towns programme. It also aims to develop a greater understanding of the issues faced by the UK’s established Garden Cities and New Towns today, outlining ways forward to ensure that these communities are revitalised and renewed, especially in response to the need to rejuvenate town centres and ensure that the towns’ housing and employment base remain fit for purpose.

The project has so far been undertaken in two stages:

Stage 1: An Introduction to the UK's New Towns and Garden Cities 

The first part of the project involved collecting data about the UK’s 32 New Towns and Letchworth Garden City in order to provide a snapshot of these communities today. The Stage 1 report – An Introduction to the UK’s New Towns and Garden Cities, published in December 2014 – tells the story of the Garden Cities and New Towns movement and includes a set of ‘five-minute fact sheets’ on each of the New Towns. 

The Stage 1 Main Report and Appendices can be downloaded here:

    

Stage 2: Lessons for Delivering a new Generation of Garden Cities 

The second stage of the project involved a more in-depth study of a selection of the UK’s New Towns and its two Garden Cities to identify lessons on how to deliver a new generation of Garden Cities. The findings and recommendations in the report are relevant for all those trying to create high-quality new places, whether or not they are described as ‘Garden Cities’.

The Stage 2 Report can be downloaded here:

 

The TCPA is grateful to the 'lessons for tomorrow' project sponsors: David Lock Associates, the Lady Margaret Patterson Osborn Trust and the Planning Exchange Foundation 

      

For further information please contact Katy Lock at katy.lock@tcpa.org.uk

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