Reuniting Health with Planning

Putting Health into Place (2016-2019) 

From 2016-2019 NHS England supported the development of ten ‘Healthy New Towns’, large-scale communities designed to be easier for people to live healthier lives, and in which health care is provided in ways that meet 21st century health needs.

The TCPA, in partnership with the King’s Fund and the Young Foundation, was commissioned by NHS England to create a series of practical guides to healthy place-making, based on what was learned by the Healthy New Towns programme.

The State of the Union: Reuniting Health with Planning (2019)

This report provides a picture of the effectiveness of collaboration between the planning, public health and healthcare sectors.

Developers and Wellbeing Project (2018)

This report explores how we can encourage a consensus between the public and private sector about the need to build and sustain high-quality, healthy places.

Public Health in Planning: good practice guide (July 2015)

This guide brings together existing guidance on the planning process and highlights good practice examples of working relationships between public health and planning. 

Reuniting health with planning: Planning healthier places report (2013)

This report provides case studies of joint working between health and planning teams and presents a series of recommendations. 

Reuniting health with planning: How planning and public health practitioners can work together to implement health and planning reforms in England (2012)

This handbook was prompted by the Government’s reforms to the planning system and health and social care. It is targeted specifically at planners and public health specialists with suggestions of ways to work together. 

Spatial planning for health guide (2010)

This guide promotes the positive application of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) as an evidence-based tool that can be used by planners and policymakers.

Healthy-weight environments

Building the Foundations: tackling obesity through planning and development (March 2016)

This document sets out the learnings from a series of workshops held with planning and public health teams who are tackling obesity and planning for healthy weight environments. 

Planning Healthy-weight environments (December 2014)

A practical resource for practitioners to use when working together to enable the creation of healthy-weight environments by setting out a framework of 6 Planning healthy weight environment elements

TCPA Journal Special Editions

Town & Country Planning #healthyplanning Special Edition Journal (November 2016)

Town & Country Planning Journal Special Edition 'Reuniting Health with Planning' (2014)

Northern Ireland

Delivering Sustainable Healthy Homes and Communities in Northern Ireland (March 2016)

Belfast Healthy Cities 'Reuniting Planning and Health' capacity building resource (July 2014)


Planning for health and well-being in Wales: A briefing on integrating planning and public health for practitioners working in local planning authorities and health organisations in Wales (November 2016)