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Healthy Urban Planning and Design

Important issues in this theme cover healthy urban planning, housing and regeneration, healthy transport, climate change, exposure to noise and pollution, healthy urban design and creativity and liveability. One major area within healthy urban environment and design is health impact assessment. Follow the link for more information on health impact assessment.

Healthy urban planning has a major role to play in creating and managing the built environment we live in. This means it has an influence on our health and the ability to maintain good health. It promotes the idea that a City is much more than buildings, streets and open spaces and is a living community, the health of which is closely linked to that of its citizens.

The World Health Organisation has developed 11 key health objectives for urban planning which are set out below. Stoke Healthy City has been working with planners to ensure planning policies and proposals encourage and promote:

  • Social cohesion
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Housing quality
  • Access to work
  • Accessibility
  • Local low input food production and distribution
  • Safety
  • Equity
  • Aesthetics
  • Air & Water Quality
  • Quality of Land & Natural Resources & Climate Stability

A number of tools and processes have been developed to support healthy urban planning work in Stoke on Trent. So far, these include :

  • The preparation and adoption of a Healthy Urban Planning Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) which will embed health in all aspects of the planning processes including plan making and determination of applications 
  • The preparation and adoption of a Hot Food Take Away SPD, which will provide detailed guidance including relevant health considerations. 
  • A guide to ‘Health Proofing’ masterplans, which will support planners and non-planners in assessing the potential health impacts of master planning options 
  • A commitment to carrying out Health Impact Assessment for significant planning applications and policies 
  • Ongoing engagement of NHS Stoke in planning negotiations (both applications and policies) 
  • Ongoing engagement of the Local Planning Authority in NHS premises strategy at both strategic and operational levels 
  • Ongoing training and mentoring opportunities for Local Authority officers and Councillors, and NHS officers as appropriate 
  • A commitment to continuing to working together to maximise opportunities for Stoke-on-Trent to realise its vision of being a ‘Healthy City’ in line withits commitments to WHO European Healthy City Network.

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