RTPI Deputy Head of Research and Policy Prof Aude Bicquelet-Lock made a call for evidence earlier today at the Planning Research Conference to help inform new RTPI advice on overcoming barriers to delivering healthy places.
Prof Bicquelet-Lock said that the evidence would help the RTPI produce a set of practice notes describing the key skills and delivery strategies necessary to implement the values and principles of healthy placemaking.
She also announced that the RTPI will be creating a library of case studies and examples for members to reference on how to create healthy places.
Prof Bicquelet-Lock said: “There is currently a wealth of evidence regarding the impact of the built-environment on health and well-being - a 2017 report by Public Health England, for instance, highlights many important principles for the design of healthy urban environments, stressing that building healthy neighbourhood, houses, food environments and transport is crucial to shape and sustain healthy habits in urban environments.
“However, while planning principles for the design of healthy places are, by and large, widely accepted, their translation in actual intervention, design or simply in practice, often remains problematic. The responses and solutions elaborated by planners to challenge those barriers is what we want to explore.”
There’s further information about the project on the RTPI website.
Read more from Prof Aude Bicquelet-Lock about enabling healthy placemaking on our blog.