Planning and Health

Planning policy affects the things that determine health outcomes – for example,housing layouts that encourage people to walk and cycle, access to safe community interactions, services and open spaces, access to economic opportunities and education, access to healthy food outlets and sustainable transport. Planning can also help mitigate other factors, such as pollution, noise and the impact of climate change.

These factors, often in combination, can affect health inequalities, and mental and physical health and wellbeing. More specifically, this includes levels of obesity, diabetes, coronary heart disease, respiratory disease, mental health, and road traffic injuries and fatalities, which all lead to costly long term health conditions.

The annual State of Derbyshire reports provide detailed evidence of the current state of health in Derbyshire and our evidence summary, "Planning for Health", outlines the evidence supporting a planning and health strategy.

Derbyshire Planning and Health Steering Group is made up of representatives of planning, housing and public health authorities in Derbyshire and is intended to improve the way in which health issues are addressed in the planning process, whether through the development of local plans or dealing with planning applications. It will identify links between public health objectives and how places can be shaped to respond to them and will monitor overall progress against these priorities using two key outcomes:
  • Increased healthy life expectancy in Derby and Derbyshire
  • Reduced gap in healthy life expectancy between communities across Derby and Derbyshire
It has produced a strategic statement of its main objections and a programme of actions which can be seen below. It has also produced a schedule that shows progress in preparing local plans across the County and a ‘who’s who’ of key contacts which is intended to help identify the best person to contact in the various teams working in this field.