Information on spatial planning for health
The new public health white paper Healthy Lives, Healthy People (2010) states that health considerations are an important part of the local planning process. The revised ‘streamlined' planning process is intended to help local areas to align social, economic, environmental and health priorities.
During 2010 the NICE Centre for Public health Excellence undertook a programme of review work on health and spatial planning. The aim was to determine how to integrate health more effectively within the spatial planning process.
A wide range of different types evidence was reviewed (encompassing international literature on the effectiveness of formal health appraisal methods, a selection of international and UK case studies, audit of local planning documentation, and survey of local experiences).
The University of the West of England, as the NICE collaborating centre, undertook the major part of the review work. NICE also worked with the research consultancy Strategic Solutions. The Marmot Review team provided evidence on the relationship between aspects of the built environment and health inequalities, and how spatial planning has a role in helping to reduce health inequalities and achieve related sustainability objectives.
NICE public health guidance is not being developed, however the evidence reviews are now available here. Although the review work was undertaken prior to changes in the national planning policy in 2011, it remains relevant to helping those working on health and spatial planning. In particular the evidence highlights some of the opportunities for increasing collaboration between health and planning professionals.
This page was last updated: 14 June 2011