Healthy New Towns

We are working with ten housing developments across England to shape the health of communities, and to rethink how health and care services can be delivered. The programme offers an excellent opportunity to unite public health, NHS providers and commissioners, planning and housing development to plan and build healthier places.

In the NHS Five Year Forward View, a clear commitment was made to dramatically improve population health, and integrate health and care services, as new places are built and take shape. This commitment recognised the need to build over 200,000 more homes in England every year, and invited Expressions of Interest from developments across the country.

The Department of Health has set a target of 26,000 homes to be built on NHS land, the Healthy New Towns programme, as an additional aim, is showing how this land can be used, not just to build homes but also to return benefit to local communities and the wider system.

Our demonstrator sites represent a cross-section of new housing developments in England. Over the last year, sites have finalised their delivery plans and have been setting up partnerships, involving planning and wider local authorities, housing developers, CCGs and health and care providers.

Their objectives are to develop best practice, case studies and guidance to help ensure all new housing developments embed certain principles, promoting health and wellbeing and securing high quality health and care services.

Nationally, we have developed strong links across government, planning and housing and will collate learning from the demonstrator sites to show how new housing developments can implement these principles.

Demonstrator sites

The ten Healthy New Towns demonstrator sites are:

Further information

If you want to find out more, share ideas for our sites, or join the discussion, you can email us at or follow #HealthyNewTowns on Twitter for up to date information.

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