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Garden Cities and Sustainable Urban Extensions

Learning From the Past, Informing the Present and Improving for the Future

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 at 9:30AM - 5:00PM
The Spirella Building, Bridge Road, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire SG6 4ET, UK
£90.00+VAT RTPI Members; £105.00+VAT Non-Members
Concessions may be available. Please ask the Regional Office
RTPI East of England

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The RTPI East of England is pleased to present this special one-day conference during the RTPI’s Centenary Year, to coincide with the RTPI Presidential Visit to the East of England.  Being kindly hosted by Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation in the magnificent Spirella Ballroom, with lunch being sponsored by David Lock Associates, this event will be of great benefit to those involved in major development or “sustainable urban extensions”, to plan makers and development managers in local authorities and consultancies, and other professionals.

As the world’s first Garden City, Letchworth was a revolutionary step change in town planning and was inspirational and exciting. It still is. The city’s plans and development attracted the interest of many people from Europe and beyond. Indeed, at present, Chinese planners have been visiting and exchanging ideas.

Garden Cities are at the heart of the debate about how to provide good quality places where people are happy to live.

This conference will consider the past, and help inform both the present and the future. It should assist delegates who are involved in major development or “sustainable urban extensions” to make these more sustainable and attractive to residents, visitors and workers.

Our expert speakers will cover design, the development and management of urban extensions, the experience of new settlements, conservation and modern needs, the views of major housing developers and the views of the TCPA and the RTPI.

Speakers include:

  • David Lock CBE, David Lock Associates and Vice President, Trustee and Former Chair of TCPA
  • Lindsay Richards, Head of Midlands South, Homes & Communities Agency
  • David Ames, Head of Strategic Planning and Heritage, Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation
  • Katy Lock, Garden Cities & New Towns Officer, Town & Country Planning Association
  • Will Cousins, Chairman, David Lock Associates
  • Simon Ellis, North Hertfordshire District Council

The RTPI President, Cath Ranson, will make short presentation and a tour of Letchworth and the International Garden Cities Exhibition will be included within the programme. The Exhibition is a celebration of Ebenezer Howard, who suggested that out of a marriage of the best of town and country would spring “a new hope, a new life, a new civilisation.”

Find out more about the history of Letchworth Garden City.

Find out more about Ebenezer Howard and the Garden City movement .