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The Town and Country Planning Association, Public Health England and the Local Government Association, with support from Leeds Beckett University and local councils, have published a report, Building the foundations: Tackling obesity through planning and development.
The practice-based report is the result of a workshop series in 2015 demonstrating innovative practice from fourteen local authority areas across England and their partners on how to tackle obesity and other problems by using planning policy and in making decisions on new housing and mixed use developments. It builds on the work in 2014 on the Planning Healthy Weight Environments publication which was launched by the Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government, Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, in December 2014. The publication illustrates a range of interventions within the planning and design of a new development, or for an existing community, that can help in creating an environment which supports healthier lifestyle choices, and was also the result of a workshops series with local councils throughout 2014.
Key areas of local actions:
The Building the foundations: Tackling obesity through planning and development (March 2016) publication can be downloaded here.
The Planning healthy weight environments (December 2014) publication and supplementary publications can be downloaded here.
The 2015 Workshop series details can be accessed below:
The TCPA acknowledges the support of Public Health England and Local Government Association with contributions from Leeds Beckett University and the councils involved in the workshops. The TCPA also acknowledgement the support of the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH), Planning Officers Society and the Greater Manchester Public Health Network.