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Next steps for developing healthy places and communities - supporting local delivery and service providers, Healthy New Towns case studies, and priorities following COVID-19

Morning, Thursday, 12th November 2020

Online Conference

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine next steps for developing healthy places for people to live in England.

It is bringing together policymakers with stakeholders in local authorities, public health and the housing and infrastructure sectors.

Sessions in the agenda look at:

  • improving health and wellbeing through the built environment - latest thinking
  • Healthy New Towns - case studies from programme demonstrator sites
  • planning and designing healthy places - key issues including:
    • accessibility
    • developing standards and adapting existing building
    • supporting those in lower quality housing during COVID-19
  • creating healthy local food environments - engaging with communities and households and supporting affected businesses
  • supporting local delivery and local providers involved with creating and maintaining helath places
  • reacting to changing use patterns and need during COVID-19 - and next steps for policy

The discussion takes place as the Government seeks to ensure the health and safety of communities, with:

  • a sustained policy drive to improve the linkages between the built environment and health
  • new priorities prompted by the impact of COVID-19 across communities in England - and what has been learned from the way public spaces, communities and infrastructure have had to adapt.

The discussion in detail:

Areas being considered at this conference include the way forward for:


  • promoting health in planning, design and improving the quality of homes
  • implementing the revised National Planning Policy Framework and the provision of funding, support and guidance that will be needed
  • learning from the healthy new towns demonstrator projects and what can be taken forward from these projects both in terms of partnership working and improving public health
  • the future of planning powers and their use - looking at distribution and siting of fast food outlets, developing healthy high streets more widely, and high fat, sugar and salt product advertising

Strategies for creating more healthy communities and their implementation, including:

  • identification of local health and wellbeing needs - and developing innovative local approaches including planning and design to support strategies
  • growing partnerships - between business, research centres, investors, and local government and communities
  • development priorities - effectively promoting and incentivising health and wellbeing, and how developers respond to changes in consumer aspirations for housing and development
  • community-based public health - taking a whole system approach and ways of scaling up good practice for a healthy local environment

We also expect latest thinking on strategies for building on positive developments in place-based health that have emerged amidst the tragic consequences of the pandemic, looking at:

  • future uses of the track and trace technology - to maintain health within the community, with the national rollout of the Government’s tracing app following the trial on the Isle of Wight
  • maintaining improvements - in air quality and general health associated with improved air and noise quality achieved as a result of the lockdown
  • active travel - encouraging cycling into work and supporting wider active travel modes - with the Transport Secretary’s recent announcement of a £2bn package for cycling and walking
  • public transport - improving accessibility to and ensuring procedures are in place for those using public transport to do so safely
  • working from home - how the recent trend might translate to more flexible working as a norm, and what it could mean for healthier homes, offices and high streets going forward
  • green spaces - meeting growth in demand prompted by the lockdown and increasing their effectiveness in supporting exercise and healthy habits once the lockdown is gradually lifted

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:

The full agenda:

  • Improving health and wellbeing through the built environment - with Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, Chancellor, University of York and former Chair, NHS England
  • Case studies from the Healthy New Towns programme demonstrator sites:
    • Supporting partnership working across sectors - with Michelle Dawson, Managing Director, Community Services Company, Radian
    • Prevention and improving public health - with Councillor Susan Brown, Leader, Oxford City Council
    • Promoting healthy communities during the COVID-19 pandemic - with Councillor Heather Scott, Leader, Darlington Borough Council
  • Planning and designing healthy places - accessibility, developing standards, adapting existing building, and supporting those in lower quality housing during COVID-19
  • Approaches to creating healthy local food environments, supporting affected businesses, and engaging with communities and households - with Claire Pritchard, Chair, London Food Board
  • Supporting local delivery and local providers - funding, identifying at risk groups and those with underlying conditions, and integrating services across housing, health and care
  • The future for developing healthy places, reacting to changing use patterns and need during COVID-19, and next steps for policy - with Aimee Stimpson, National Lead for Healthy Places, Public Health England

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

This looks no different. Places have been reserved by officials from MHCLG; the Department of Health and Social Care; the Department for Education; BEIS; the Cabinet Office; Defra and the National Audit Office.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant

Chancellor, University of York and former Chair, NHS England

Keynote Speakers

Michelle Dawson

Managing Director, Community Services Company, Radian

Claire Pritchard

Chair, London Food Board and Chief Executive Officer, Greenwich Cooperative Development Agency

Councillor Heather Scott

Leader, Darlington Borough Council

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant

Chancellor, University of York and former Chair, NHS England

Councillor Susan Brown

Leader, Oxford City Council

Aimee Stimpson

National Lead for Healthy Places, Public Health England


Baroness Jenkin of Kennington

Treasurer, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health

Rt Hon the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath

former Shadow Spokesperson on Health and Social Care


Sue Morgan

Director of Architecture and Built Environment, Design Council

Roger Geffen

Policy Director, Cycling UK

Richard Mazuch

Director, Design, Research and Innovation, IBI Group

Ellen Halstead

Director of Strategy, Thamesmead Regeneration Programme, Peabody

Julia Thrift

Director, Healthier Place-making, Town and Country Planning Association

Sue Adams

Chief Executive, Care and Repair England

James Roach

Programme Director, Integrated Care, NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Caroline Culshaw

Head of Healthy Environment, Natural Environment Research Council

Councillor Asher Craig

Deputy Mayor, Communities, Equalities and Public Health, Bristol City Council

Dr Nichola Stefanou

Director, Clinical Practice, Home Group