We know the importance of creating healthy environments, so why is it still so difficult to construct them? Barriers such as lack of funding, different requirements from stakeholders and conflicting policy priorities stand in the way… But where there are barriers, we need solutions.
In a recent research report published by Royal Town Planning Institute, Enabling Healthy Placemaking identifies a number of practical ways to integrate healthy principles into the built environment based around a series of 15 case studies and 10 interviews.
And this isn’t just about developers and town planners making decisions in isolation. Healthy placemaking requires greater collaboration between public health, social care and the planning profession. Innovative partnerships, communication and adequate resourcing often underpin effective models of cooperation which, in turn, leads to successful project delivery.
Actions for healthy placemaking identified in the report include:
- Equipping planners with the right leadership, innovation, collaboration and negotiation skills to overcome barriers and oppositions to healthy placemaking.
- Formalising health needs and impact into the conceptualisation, design and planning of projects.
- Engaging communities in planning decisions is crucial to foster social capital, a sense of community and individual well-being.
In a post-COVID world where we are seeing a convergence of challenges around public health, climate emergency and economic recovery, there is a call for visionary and unprecedented solutions to the design and planning of future places. Now is the time to put health at the heart of decisions and enable people in every community to live healthy lives in healthy places.
To read the full report please click here.
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