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Our History

Our history 

Founded by Sir Ebenezer Howard in 1899 to promote the idea of the Garden City, the TCPA is Britain's oldest charity concerned with planning, housing and the environment.

The TCPA has been a reformist movement for over a hundred years – evidenced by our interest in fair shares in development and land value uplift; shared ownership of public open space; participative and entrepreneurial local governance; town and country planned together, and enhancement of the environment – and driven to assert the need to achieve sustainable communities.

A brief history of the first 100 years of the TCPA and the ideas on which it was founded is given in Denis Hardy's publication, "1889-1999".

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