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Planning & Health Conference

With support of Public Health England South West

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

WPHE logoe are an increasingly ageing and more sedentary population. In conjunction with Public Health England, this event will explore how planning can shape our environments to accommodate these changes and improve the experience of the world around us.

Speaker and topic include:          

 The Public Health Challenge

  • Scale of the public health challenge for the NHS & society
  • Importance of wider determinants to improve health
  • Renewal of the link between planning and health
  • Evidence for planning, built / natural environment and health
  • What would a good planning and health system look like?

Kevin Elliston – Deputy Director, South West PHE

Case Study – Public Health and the West of England Spatial Plan

  • The story so far
  • Successes and challenges of embedding health into these spatial plans
  • Benefits of planning engaging with public health

Fionna Vosper, Public Health Principal - Built Environment at South Gloucestershire Council

Experiences from Torbay – public health and planning collaboration

  • Experiences of public health and planning working together and the journey to embed health into spatial planning (and vice-versa) in Torbay – what has worked well, what has not.
  • What does ‘healthy planning’ look like? What does the evidence tell us will improve health outcomes?
  • What should we be aiming for and what should be our focus? What can we do to assess, 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.

  • Legibility and how this needs to be considered in Development Management applications.
  • Design and layouts of buildings

Angharad Williams, Teignbridge District Council
Ian Perry, Teignbridge District Council

Dementia friendly planning

  • How dementia can impact on people living with it and why the built environment is important
  • Some specific dementia friendly design considerations e.g. signage, entrances and exits, flooring, colour and contrast, lighting etc.
  • Environmental Assessment Tools
  • Some examples from Plymouth e.g. Dementia Friendly Parking Spaces, Public Toilet signage
  • Relevant guidance documents and sources of further information and training.

 Claire Puckey, Dementia Friendly City Coordinator, Plymouth City Council

Is spatial planning bad for our health?
Hugh Barton

Public open space and planning

  • Evidence of nature and health
  • Open space as an asset beyond health, e.g. air quality, urban heat islands, community resilience
  • The need to plan good quality, accessible and usable open space – essential features (see NICE guidelines on physical activity)
  • Wider work on green / blue space, e.g. DEFRA 25 Year Plan, Natural England Area Profiles

Andy Netherton, PHE SW Centre, Healthy Places Lead

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
Follow the online booking links below - you can pay online or request an invoice. We ask that you try to complete the purchase order number field at point of booking or forward soon after.

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