Through TCPA’s ‘Reuniting health with planning’ initiative, we have learned 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 paragraph 156 and 162 of the National Planning Policy Framework requires Local Planning Authorities, CCGs and local partners to do so, but also because access to health and social care infrastructure is essential to healthy communities. In 2017, the TCPA will deliver the ’15 Year Forward View – Healthcare needs in planning and development project. This project will include a practitioner survey as the main input, local workshops and developing a ‘planning briefing’ publication (tbc) to help demystify the new healthcare planning and commissioning landscape.

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

Confirmed partners and stakeholders include:

  • Department of Health and Community Health Partnerships
  • NHS Confederation, ADPH, RTPI and CIPFA
  • Mills and Reeves, and CBRE
  • Councils: Essex and Thurrock

Contact Michael Chang MRTPI, AMRSPH (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