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Planning & Health Conference

Thursday, 08 November 2018 at 10:00AM - 4:29PM
Somerset County Cricket Club, Taunton TA1 1JT, UK
RTPI South West

We are an increasingly ageing and more sedentary population. In conjunction with Public Health England, this event will both celebrate World Town Planning Day and explore how planning can shape our environments to accommodate these changes and improve the experience of the world around us. Topics will include Planning and Building for Dementia.

Speaker and topic include:          

  • Public Health England
  • Public health and planning

  • Health Impact Assessments, Policy & the Torbay experience
    - The Torbay experience of delivering health through all aspects of spatial planning – what has worked well, what has not.
    - What does ‘healthy planning’ specifically look like? What does the evidence tell us will improve health outcomes?
    - What should we be aiming for? What can we do to measure and secure this through the planning process
    Andy Gunther, Senior Planning and Public Health Officer at Torbay County Council

  • Planning from another perspective – planning for those with disabilities
    - The external and internal built environment 
    - Access and egress for all disabilities 
    - Signage, pathways, entrances, colour contrasts, surfaces, lighting.
    - Training professional in the design and planning industry 
    - Working to the BS8300 specifications and Part M Building specifications 
    - Ascetics and design to ensure end build is practical and workable but not obvious as an adaptation 
    John Gillett, Wheely Independent

  • How design has an impact on various disabilities and give a current perspective on a DM case.
    Angharad Williams, Torbay Council
    Ian Perry, Teignbridge District Council 

  • EngAgeNet – planning for older people and housing
  • Dementia friendly planning
  • Public open space and planning

  • A sporting chance for health ?
    Sport can greatly enhance people’s physical and mental health.   Issues around sports facility provision frequently arise at Local Plan and CIL examinations, but the specialist field of planning for sport seems to have fallen off the radar for many planners.   If sport really is being left on the sidelines in planning for health, how might it be brought back into play?
    Jacqueline Bennett BA MPhil MRTPI, Director of Bennett Leisure & Planning (belap)
  • Edible Landscapes (tackling poverty)


Special Business General Meeting
The principal purpose of the SBGM is to report on the results of the Elections to the 2019 RTPI SW Regional Management Board and Regional Activities Committee and to appoint any new committee members to fill any vacancies at the meeting. The SBGM will take place before lunch during the conference. RTPI Members are welcome to attend the SBGM element for free. Please register attendance to
More information on the board and nominations

How to book
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For multiple bookings accross the 2018 programme, you may download the booking form and email to

Exhibitor Opportunities

We now welcome exhibitors to showcase their firm, recent developments and to further engage with RTPI Members and professionals in planning. Please contact for further information.

0207 929 8190

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