Five-years on since public health responsibilities moved back into local government and the first significant planning reforms in England, the TCPA proposes to re-examine the challenges experienced by councils as they move from transition to implementation to innovation in 2018 and beyond in integrating health and planning settings in localities, both formally and informally in the planning process. The project will highlight developments in EIAs and HIAs, industry standards focus on health and wellbeing, and new strategies such as the Obesity Action Plan for England and NHS England’s Five Year Forward View and in Wales the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act. The TCPA also proposes to look at emerging innovations such as the NHS Healthy New Towns, Whole Systems Approach to Tackling Obesity pilots, the Sport England Active Places pilots, and emerging industry accreditations on wellbeing.  

This project will be particularly timely, designed to coincide with government consultation on the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England in the spring 2018 which will be the policy framework’s first major update since publication in 2012. In Wales, Planning Policy Wales is also being revised. 


  • Initiation and commencement with Project Meeting: March 2018
  • Research, review and handbook re-development: April to August 2018
  • Local events/workshops: summer and autumn 2018
  • Publication and launch: winter 2018

Supporting Partners

  • Community Health Partnerships
  • Public Health Wales/ Wales Health Impact Assessment Unit
  • Cornwall Council
  • Essex County Council
  • Gateshead Council
  • Luton Borough Council
  • Royal London Borough of Greenwich