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How to build successful new communities – from masterplan to delivery


How to build successful new communities

Taking a masterplan for a new community and turning it into a reality requires an inventive and creative approach.

Housing and planning teams need to take a long-term view of housing needs and work in partnership with land owners, developers, funding agencies and others to create successful new communities.  

The government has set a target for 300,000 new homes per year. Local authorities have a duty to plan for and meet their objectively assessed need, with many allocating large new development sites for thousands of new homes. Land assembly, viability, infrastructure and planning are among the challenges they will face.

But long after developers have completed work on the site, housing associations and councils retain a long term interest in managing affordable housing and building cohesive communities.  

This conference will consider the policy framework for large development sites. We will highlight good practice and showcase examples of large strategic sites from around the country from a developer, local authority and housing association perspective.

Themes to be explored include:

  • How to deliver an appropriate housing offer for a large development site
  • The affordability of new homes
  • The development of sustainable homes and communities
  • Project management approaches
  • Commercial aspects of development and viability
  • Innovative approaches, including self build.

Speakers include:

  • Jo Barrett, HQN Associate 
  • Paul Mumford, Senior Planner, Homes England on the Garden Towns Programme
  • Henry Dodd, NHS England on the Healthy Towns Programme
  • Lin Cousins, Director, Three Dragons on RTPI research into the affordability of housing on large sites
  • Jim Newton, Assistant Director of Planning Policy and Development, Cherwell District Council – Winner of 2018 Planning Award, Eco Town Development and largest Self-Build scheme
  • James Scott, Director, Urban & Civic – master developer of eight strategic sites for over 37,000 new homes
  • Mark Pullin, Chief Planning Officer, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation
  • John Lewis, Executive Director of Thamesmead, Peabody.

Who is the conference for?

This conference will be of interest to housing and planning staff who are master planning and enabling new large-scale development sites. It is also essential for housing associations who are involved in the development and long term management of new communities.

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