There are many reasons why health professionals should engage with planning.

These include:

  1. the influence of planning on the domains of the Public Health Outcomes Framework and on the Social Care Outcomes Framework;
  2. the potential for cost savings to public health and the health service;
  3. the forthcoming introduction of the Health Premium;
  4. the potential to secure funding for health services from new development through planning;
  5. the influence of planning on the wider determinants of health;
  6. the influence of planning on climate change resilience and associated health impacts;
  7. robust evidence of the impact of the environment on health and health inequalities;
  8. the opportunity to identify and highlight ‘shovel ready’ health interventions for developers to design into developments from the start.

Sections on each of the above issues can be accessed via the left hand menu.

The longer term outcome of joint working between public health and planning will be reduced costs of delivering health services as a healthier community will have less need for them.

“Local planning authorities should work with public health leads and health organisations to understand and take account of the health status and needs of the local population…”

NPPF, 2012

Joint working between NHS health professionals and planning could also facilitate the efficient and appropriate redevelopment of the NHS estate by ensuring that key planning issues are identified and worked through together from an early stage. This could include expansion of existing health facilities as well as exploration of alternative uses for surplus land (e.g. the Smith Institute have recently argued that the use of such land for supported housing would generate significant savings to the NHS).