This conference discussed the next steps for integrating health, housing and the wider built environment in England - looking at key issues for funding, planning and developments in the Healthy New Towns programme.
Delegates assessed how to ensure promoting public health and tackling health inequalities are reflected in local planning policies, following publication of the revised National Planning Policy Framework, as well as the release of Public Health England’s Review of interventions to improve outdoor air quality and public health.
Attendees considered where funding, support and guidance is most needed for stakeholders in local government, healthcare and local communities when planning and developing healthy builds - as well as opportunities for sharing best practice.
Further sessions considered the key issues for the allocation of funding and for meeting targets to build accessible homes to aid independent living, following the government announcement of additional funding to build homes for vulnerable people over the next three years, including for disabled people, people with mental health issues and older people.
Delegates also discussed what more could be done to promote healthy and active communities and encourage housing designs to reflect the changing needs of the population, in light of the Social Housing Green Paper - A new deal for social housing.
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