New communities – Looking and learning from dutch experience

Nicholas Falk explains how a study tour of new communities in the Netherlands highlighted lessons that the Dutch approach to planning offers for new development in the UK.

To help councillors leading local authorities with proposals for eco-towns, the TCPA and URBED (Urban and Economic Development) were commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government to organise a two-day study tour to leading Dutch examples of new settlements.

The tour aimed to show the councillors the Dutch approach to planning and to draw out lessons that could be applied in the UK.

Author: Nicholas Falk (URBED) for Town & Country Planning Association

Publication date: December 2008