In 2017 the TCPA will deliver the 'Health and Garden Cities: Delivering wellbeing and accessible health infrastructure' project. This project will combine two current TCPA work strands on 'Garden Cities and New Towns' and 'Reuniting Health with Planning’.

In addition to building in healthy environments elements such as active travel and open space provision, there is currently a demand from planning practitioners to help clarify how healthcare infrastructure and services can, and should be planned for in strategic Local Plans with a 15-year plan period and contributions sought for as part of planning applications. Not least because the National Planning Policy Framework requires Local Planning Authorities, public health leads, CCGs and local partners to do so, but also because combining wellbeing and access to health and social care infrastructure is essential to promoting healthy communities. This is also timely given the Government's ongoing commitment and support for new Garden Villages and Towns, and the Healthy New Towns. 

This project will include a practitioner survey, local workshops and developing a practitioner worksheet to advise on integrating key principles and standards on health and wellbeing and healthcare requirements into the planning and design of new communities. The worksheet will form part of a series of Garden Cities delivery worksheets. The worksheet will be launched at a TCPA seminar on the 12 October. 

Survey: ** Watch this space for details of how to complete this important national survey in the Spring. **

Partners and stakeholders: Community Health Partnerships, Mills and Reeves, Essex County and Thurrock Councils. 

Workshops (A journal article in the Winter 2017 will highlight learning points from the workshops and survey):

  • Essex County Council, 29 June, Chelmsford
  • Thurrock Council, tbc

National seminar: 12 October. The final practitioner worksheet will be launched as part of this seminar with the TCPA New Communities Group. To register your attendance please go to 

Contact Michael Chang (TCPA Project and Policy Manager) for further information.