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Edging closer to an effective reunion between town planners and public health professionals

04 Feb 2017

The year 2016 was one of milestones for the planning for health agenda. It began with the House of Lords National Policy for the Built Environment Committee report in February, which made several recommendations on health and the built environment.1 NHS England announced 10 ‘Healthy New Towns’ in March ( and in the same month, the Local Government Association (LGA), Public Health England (PHE) and the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) published a report on tackling obesity through planning and development.2 September saw the House of Commons Health Select Committee publish its report on public health post-2013 reforms, which made several recommendations for the planning system to take greater account of health impacts.3 The year ended with the LGA's Housing Commission publishing its report to put housing at the heart of integrated health and care.4

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Journal of Public Health