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About the EDG
The Eco-Development Group (EDG) was set up in 2009 by the Town and Country Planning
Association (TCPA). The group consists of local authorities and their respective second-tier
authorities, plus key delivery bodies, that are bringing forward eco-developments. Its aim is
to help group members develop their proposals and to encourage and facilitate the sharing
of knowledge and best practice.

The objectives of the EDG are:
G  To facilitate the exchange of information.
G To develop good practice.
G To identify and meet training needs.
G To organise seminars and workshops.
G To identify and help implement European best practice.

Over the past year, group members have found that the task of developing the expertise
required to deliver new eco-developments has been greatly aided by the exchange of
information and ideas, seminars, workshops, study visits and newsletters offered by
membership of the EDG. In light of the emergence of a wider spectrum of interest in eco-
development, the eligibility for EDG membership is being expanded to include other councils
and delivery bodies that intend to develop significantly-sized, mixed-use eco-developments.
As well as holding EDG seminars and workshops in the UK, the TCPA leads European study
tours for the EDG to enable members to learn from best practice outside the UK.

EDG membership is open to local authorities and delivery bodies taking forward eco-
developments. The membership fee is £7,000 (plus VAT) per annum, which includes two
places per year on TCPA European Study Tours, or £4,000 (plus VAT) for membership without
the Study Tours.

Please contact Alex House for further details – t: 020 7930 8903 or e:
Benefits of EDG membership
G   Meetings tailored to discuss topical issues.
G   Two places on TCPA European Study Tours per annum (for membership at standard rate).
G   Specialist seminars and workshops.
G   Opportunities to become a partner in European Projects.
G   Ample opportunities to exchange of ideas and experience – at seminars, workshops and
    on site visits to development areas.
G   Profile on the EDG website, at
G   EDG Newsletters, highlighting news on the latest training events and opportunities, and
    giving details of key issues that need to be taken into account as eco-developments are
    developed and assessed.

Recent events
G   Inaugural meeting at the TCPA, London, January 2010
G   Steering Group meeting and site visit to St Austell, Cornwall, April 2010
G   Study visit to Freiburg, Germany, July 2010
G   Steering Group meeting and site visit to Bicester, Oxfordshire, September 2010
G   Study visit to Copenhagen, Malmö and Stockholm, October 2010
G   Workshop on effective communication and community consultation at the TCPA, London,
    October 2010
G   Thematic seminars held throughout 2010 on housing, biodiversity, transport and energy

Upcoming events for 2011
G   January 2011: Seminar on transferability, at the TCPA, London
    This seminar will build on knowledge and experience gained on recent study tours to
    Scandinavia and Freiburg, Germany, and will disseminate learning to the wider EDG
    group. The event will highlight the transferability (and potential barriers to the
    transferability) of European best practice to the UK.

G   February 2011: Seminar on developing new eco-developments in the era of localism,
    at the TCPA, London
    This seminar will examine a range of issues, including:
    I effective engagement and neighbourhood plans;
    I political leadership, organisational structure and governance;
    I the latest developments in policy;
    I commercial and economic factors; and
    I eco-development standards and the Eco-towns PPS.
European study tours
The TCPA runs European study tours for the EDG twice a year. They feature visits to new
settlements and sustainable communities that demonstrate innovation and best practice in
housing design and delivery, infrastructure provision, transport links, urban waste
management, renewable energy, and green and blue infrastructure. Key destinations on
the 2010 tours included Freiburg (Rieselfeld and Vauban), Copenhagen (Albertslund),
Malmö (Ekostaden Augustenborg, and Western Harbour Bo01), and Stockholm (Hammarby
Sjöstad). The tours include seminars and valuable opportunities for discussion with local
experts and government officers, as well as representatives of the local community.

The aim is to give delegates first-hand experience of the appearance, function, delivery and
infrastructure of a range of sustainable developments, as well as greater understanding of
how projects are co-ordinated, implemented and sustained. Mainland European countries
and the UK face shared challenges, making exchange of experience highly beneficial in
many areas, including:
G the problems of densely populated areas and increasing pressures on the use of land;
G difficulties in waste management;
G pressures on transport systems and infrastructure;
G the need to reduce fossil fuel usage;
G demographic trends, with pressures rooted in population increase, an ageing
    population profile, and a growth in single-person households; and
G problems resulting from climate change and extreme weather events.

A taste of what we can learn from the best of European practice
and experience:
G ways of working in partnership;                                       ‘I wanted to let you
G innovative place-making;                                               know how much I
G designing new and re-structuring existing settlements;
G the role of masterplanning;
                                                                         enjoyed the trip –
G funding and planning physical and social infrastructure;               it was very well run,
G enhancing connectivity, and prioritising walking and cycling;          highly informative,
G community engagement methods;
G securing high standards while maintaining economic viability;
                                                                         enjoyable and
G the benefits of energy-saving and climate change adaptation;           inspiring!’
G development processes and management;                                  Linda Currie,
G transferable models;                                                   Oxfordshire County
G how the public sector can lead in managing growth; and                 Council
G gaining the political will and leadership for change.

EDG membership benefits include travel, accommodation and meals, and expert tour guides.
The EDG and the TCPA
The TCPA is uniquely well positioned to facilitate and co-ordinate the acitivities of the EDG
– as it is independent of government, and has expertise in the field of sustainable planning
and development and a thorough understanding of eco-development gained through its
work on the eco-towns programme. The TCPA has worked on the eco-towns programme
since its inception in 2007 – initially producing a Scoping Report on the criteria for
eco-towns, and susbsequently producing a series of Eco-town Worksheets offering advice
for local authorities and developers on 11 planning-related subject areas. The Worksheets
were developed through the work of the Eco-towns Expert Group, which acted as an
editorial panel for the process. The TCPA also played a key role in formulating the standards
included in the Eco-towns PPS.

The Town and Country Planning Association campaigns for the reform of the UK’s planning
system to make it more responsive to people’s needs and aspirations and to promote
sustainable development. The TCPA plays a pivotal role in the planning world, occupying a
unique position through a membership drawn from organisations and individuals in the
public, private and voluntary sectors concerned with sustainable development, equity and
social justice. 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 and the built environment.

 The TCPA prides itself on leading-edge radical thinking and problem-solving. It
 believes that:
  ‘We must secure more sustainable patterns of development, offering a better
   match between the demand for homes and their supply. This is key to ensuring
   that our cities and towns are economically competitive. To achieve this, we need
   better plans and a more transparent and simplified planning system based on
   widespread community engagement.’

 Towns and Countryside for a New Age of Challenge. A Manifesto from the TCPA.
 TCPA, 2009

To find out more about membership benefits of the TCPA, please visit the TCPA
website at

Joining the EDG
To find out more about becoming a member of the EDG,
please contact Alex House on 020 7930 8903 or

Town and Country Planning Association
17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AS

+44 (0)20 7930 8903 @

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