Founded in 1899, the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) is Britain’s oldest charity concerned with planning, housing and the environment. The TCPA's recent activities have concentrated on the impact of climate change on existing and future communities including the processes needed to institutionalise adaptation measures and energy provision within the planning process to provide sustainable solutions which will ensure environmental and social benefits for future generations. The TCPA promotes sustainable development, social justice, environmental sustainability, and economic competitiveness by campaigning to reform the UK’s planning system. Its supporters are drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors and it is an influential voice with all three sectors. The TCPA has extensive experience of pan-European working, including leading on the Regiostars award winning INTERREGIVC GRaBS project completed in August 2011 (, the IEE LEAP project completed in November 2013 (, and the ongoing IEE SPECIAL project ( due to be completed in March 2016.