To mark leading housing and planning charity, the Town and Country Planning Association’s (TCPA)108th AGM the Association is calling for the Garden Cities and Garden Suburbs principles of
over a hundred years ago to be applied to new settlements, including eco-towns as well as to urban extensions, to provide the attractive and sustainable environments people want.
TCPA Chief Executive Gideon Amos:
“With our roots as the Garden City Association of 1899 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.”
“As we seek to deal with today’s dual challenges of unparalleled housing demand, driven by a crisis of affordability and demographic factors, and an urgent need to reduce our emissions
from the built environment we can learn many lessons from the Garden Cities and Garden Suburbs of the past century. Most UK residents live in suburban housing, and 80% of us aspire to live in a
house with a garden; yet the debate so often dwells on ‘minority sports’ such as city centre loft living. Green space is not only important in creating desirable housing; it is also
integral to more environmental design. A renaissance of Garden Cities and Garden Suburbs, with the provision of proper neighbourhood centres, not urban deserts, would help create communities we
would all aspire to live in.”
The TCPA was also the first body to campaign for rural or green belts in 1919 believing they should complement local communities. While the Charity remains committed to the principles of green
belts it is important to highlight that they are too often run down and of poor environmental quality. The TCPA believes that local communities rightly have the ability to redraw green belt
boundaries and should continue to be allowed to do so provided the concept of a permanent belt remains intact.
At the AGM today the TCPA was delighted to welcome both new and returning faces to the Board of Trustees with the recent appointment of former Housing and Planning Minister, Keith Hill MP, to the
Board and the re-election of Anthony Fyson MBE and Pat Thomas OBE, both of whom have served as Vice-Chairs of the Association since 2005. After serving two three-year terms Professor David Lock CBE
will be stepping down as Chairman of the TCPA, the new Chair-person to be elected by Trustees and announced at the next meeting of the Trustees on the 21st May.
Gideon Amos added:
“We are very fortunate in having Trustees and Policy Council members, who volunteer tirelessly to help us maintain our leading role in shaping the growth of our communities, towns and