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TCPA New Communities Group Seminar: planning for healthy homes and communities


This seminar builds on the latest TCPA's output, 'Planning Healthier Places - report from the reuniting health with planning project' (November 2013).

There is academic and anecdotal evidence that the quality and design of new development can have a profound impact on the future health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. Poorly planned and designed developments can have economic consequences through the long-term impact on local NHS budgets as illnesses such obesity and other forms of cardiovascular disease, as well as mental health, are addressed. Planning for large-scale new developments provides an opportunity to build in healthy development principles such as providing increased access to open space and opportunities for physical activity, providing high-quality homes, meeting identified infrastructure needs, andcreating a sense of place.

This seminar is supported by Public Health England and the UK Healthy Cities Network

There are significant issues concerning the most appropriate policy approach, the type and scale of evidence needed, the pressures on local healthcare infrastructure, and the most appropriate designand form for new developments to adopt. The seminar will provide the building blocks for attendees on integrating health into new development. The range of issues facing each local authority area is different, and the seminar will highlight a number of issues and examine how to address them in planning sustainable new developments.

Final Programme and presentations

12.30 Registration and light lunch

13.00 Welcome and introduction from the Chair, Tim Chapman, Spatial Planning Manager, HCA ATLAS, and Chair of the Spatial Planning and Health Group (SPAHG)

13:05 Public health priorities and healthcare issues in new developmentStephen Hewitt, Public Health Manager (Health and Planning), and Carl Petrokofsky, Specialist in Public Health, Public Health England

13:30 Session 1: Evidence, policy and planning

14:10 Questions and discussion

14:30 Coffee break and networking

14:50 Session 2: Infrastructure and delivery

15:30 Using Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) to address health in development proposalsDr Sue Wright, Knowledge & Evidence Manager (Higher Level) HIA, Public Health England

16:00 Questions and discussion

16:30 Closing remarks from the Chair, seminar end and networking


Explore the TCPA Health and Planning web pages here

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