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Spatial Planning for Health: A guide to embedding the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment in spatial planning has been developed during a transformational period of structural reform for both the public health and town and country planning sectors. The fundamental relationship between planning and public health and the need for an evidence base to back up decisions will continue to exist regardless of new policy landscapes. In fact the task facing public health and planning practitioners and policy-makers is not necessarily looking at new ways of doing things but learning from how existing processes and arrangements can be improved to deliver shared health and well-being priorities for local communities. The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) of local health and well-being is a joint statutory process between the local authority and primary care trust. It provides an excellent opportunity to strengthen the process of spatial planning in helping to deliver sustainable development objectives.
Commissioned by the Hyde Group and developed by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), the purpose of this guide is to: