Frequently asked questions

  1. What are Healthy New Towns?
  2. Why are we doing this?
  3. How will sites be selected?
  4. Where can we go to find out more about healthy design and healthy urban planning?
  5. I am not involved with a particular development, but I would like to contribute to this programme as an innovator, expert or interest group representative. How can I get involved?

1. What are Healthy New Towns?

Healthy New Towns are new housing developments that are looking to develop innovative healthcare facilities from scratch and create neighbourhoods that support health and wellbeing for the needs of the local population.

We will consider all sites from 250 homes upwards. We will also consider regeneration projects, but it is important that potential partners working in sites that are not being developed ‘from scratch’ are able to set out how they will work to deliver something innovative within the existing local context.

2. Why are we doing this?

The NHS Five Year Forward View set out the fundamental challenge that the health service must meet if it is to be sustainable into the future: Closing the triple gaps in health, care, and finances.

New town developments and the refurbishment of some urban areas offers the opportunity to design modern services from scratch, with fewer legacy constraints – integrating not only health and social care, but also other public services such as welfare, education and affordable housing – as well as to develop neighbourhoods that support healthier living and wellbeing.

3. How will sites be selected?

We will be having face to face discussions with sites who applied to better understand their plans and ambitions. We aim to announce our demonstrator partners in Spring 2016.

4. Where can we go to find out more about healthy design and healthy urban planning?

There is significant interest in the field of healthy development, and there are many sources that can help you shape your thinking. Examples of these include projects, checklists and guides produced by the NHS Healthy Urban Development Unit, the Design Council/CABE, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Town and Country Planning Association. International sources include the New York City Active Design Guidelines and a series of reports by the Urban Land Institute.

5. I am not involved with a particular development, but I would like to contribute to this programme as an innovator, expert or interest group representative. How can I get involved?

Please email england.fiveyearview@nhs.net with a description of the contribution you think you would be able to make to this programme, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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