GARDEN CITIES ARE NOT JUST ABOUT BRICKS AND MORTAR
Garden cities are certainly not a numbers game. They are not just about bricks and mortar; they are about creating the conditions for people to live happier, healthier lives. That isn’t social engineering. It’s about designing a place where people have space to grow food for themselves, space for kids to play, and where they can walk to work and school.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ASSOCIATION
Urban & Rural Planner, Community Housing Activist & Geologist
Kate Henderson is Chief Executive of the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), Britain’s oldest charity concerned with planning, housing and the environment. She is responsible for leading the TCPA’s efforts to shape and advocate planning policies that put social justice and the environment at the heart of the debate. Kate joined the TCPA in early 2007 and was appointed Chief Executive in 2010. She has raised the TCPA’s profile through a range of campaigns and policy initiatives, most notably around Garden Cities, affordable housing, poverty and climate change; including chairing the TCPA-led Garden Cities and Suburbs Expert Group and the New Communities Group. In 2013, she co-wrote ‘Planning out Poverty’ a research project supported by the Webb Memorial Trust, exploring how planning could be more effective in dealing with social exclusion.
Kate has been involved in a number of government panels and independent commissions including the 2014 independent Lyons Housing Review Expert Panel and a member of the UK Government’s 2016 Taskforce. She has been on the Energy Institute London and Home Counties Committee since 2006 and in 2012 she was a commissioner on the Independent Commission on the Future of Council Housing in Southwark. Kate is a visiting professor at the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London and in 2014 Kate, and her colleague Hugh Ellis, wrote Rebuilding Britain Planning for a better future published by Policy Press. In 2011 she was recognisied by Management Today in their list of female high-fliers ‘35 women under 35’ and by Inside Housing magazine as one of the ‘25 most influential women in housing’.