How to engage with planning

To effectively engage with planning you need to understand the planning system.

The introduction to planning page provides a brief overview and signposts key resources.

It is particularly important to consider the key stages in the planning process where public health professionals can input. This is highlighted in the following page – Key stages in planning.

Early and timely engagement with planners is key, both on policy issues and planning applications. One means of encouraging new developments to have positive impacts on health may be to compile a list of ‘shovel ready’ public health projects that could be delivered as part of new developments and then work with planners to communicate these to developers. This approach is currently being piloted by Birmingham City Council, see “Shovel ready PH interventions for developers” for further information.

The key contacts in planning section will also be useful and the case studies may help to inspire action.

Once you have an understanding of the above issues we would recommend you explore the Joint Working section. This focuses on key practical topics that involve the crossover of planning, health and environmental sustainability that are important for Kent and Medway; it includes case studies demonstrating what has been achieved through joint working. The aim is to facilitate collaboration to more effectively address the issues which each sector faces.