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Health In Neighbourhood Plans Webinar

Planning shapes the places in which people live and their ability to live healthy lives. Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. The process of making a neighbourhood plan provides an important opportunity to ensure that new development and changes proposed in a neighbourhood are designed to support people’s health and wellbeing.

The factors that influence our health are multiple and complex; but most of these factors lie outside the health and social care systems. Good homes, clean air, jobs, parks and green spaces, being active every day and trusted friends and neighbours are all important wider determinants of population health. It has been estimated that 60% of the causes of good health lie outside the NHS and social care. Focusing on these wider determinants of health is essential for improving population health and wellbeing and reducing inequalities.

Norfolk County Council Public Health has produced  a Health in Neighbourhood Plans guide to help anyone working on a neighbourhood plan in Norfolk, or helping others with a neighbourhood plan, such as: neighbourhood planning forums, town and parish councillors, local authority planners supporting neighbourhood planning and private sector consultants employed by a neighbourhood planning forum.

The guide contains references to primary sources of health evidence. These sources can be used as an evidence base to develop policies for a neighbourhood plan. The guide also includes examples of good practice which can be adapted for use. The examples are included to provoke imagination and inspire local communities to embed health into their neighbourhood plans. Neighbourhood Plans are most effective where these are locally distinctive, reflecting matters appropriate to the plan area.

Join us for a webinar on this July 10th 7:00pm 2024. Please book your place below: