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New Communities Group

The TCPA New Communities Group was established in 2009 by TCPA and the Department for Communities and Local Government. It is a group for and led by local authorities planning and delivering large-scale sustainable new communities. Its members are local authority planning departments and development corporations delivering exemplary large-scale new developments. HCA's Advisory Team for Large Applications (ATLAS) is also a member and provides ongoing support to the local authorities.

The Group collectively helps to develop the proposals, provide political support and encourage a sharing of knowledge and best practice through seminars, workshops, study visits, parliamentary meetings and newsletters. Together the Group is providing innovative local leadership for plans delivering in the region of 150,000 new homes.


The members of the NCG are:

  1. Ashford Borough Council, Kent
  2. Cherwell District Council, Oxfordshire
  3. Cornwall Council, Cornwall
  4. East Hampshire District Council, Hampshire
  5. Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, Kent
  6. Essex Garden City Settlements: Colchester Borough Council, Braintree District Council, Tendring   District Council and Essex County Council
  7. Fareham Borough Council, Hampshire
  8. Milton Keynes Council, Buckinghamshire
  9. North Dorset District Council, Dorset
  10. North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit, Northamptonshire
  11. Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, London
  12. Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire
  13. South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambridgeshire
  14. Wokingham Borough Council, Berkshire


Download the Planning Advisory Service case study: 'The TCPA New Communities Group: ambitious councils working together to deliver large-scale new communities'


For further information about the NCG please contact Alex House at alex.house@tcpa.org.uk, or on 0207 930 8903.

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