‘Reuniting Health with Planning’ is a UK-wide TCPA initiative focused on improving skills, understanding and knowledge of practitioners, planners and non-planners especially those in public health and the built environment, involved in policy making and developments at the national and local levels.

The 'Reuniting Health with Planning' initiative has developed useful publications:

  • Building the Foundations: tackling obesity through planning and development (March 2016)- In collaboration with PHE and the LGA, this 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. 

  • Public Health in Planning: good practice guide (July 2015) – This guide for use with the English planning system brings together and signposts to existing guidance on the planning process, and highlight existing good practice examples and first-hand advice from councils in varying levels of working relationship between public health and planning, and includes tried-and-tested processes.

  • Spatial planning for health guide (2010) – This guide promotes the positive application of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) in the planning process so that the JSNA as a method of engagement and an evidence-based tool can be fully understood and appreciated by planners.

Contact Michael Chang MRTPI (TCPA Project and Policy Manager) Michael.Chang@tcpa.org.uk for further information or if you have any questions about the Reuniting Health with Planning projects.