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4.5 Health, inclusive planning and ageing

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4.1 Housing
4.2 Climate change and mitigation
4.3 Spatial governance and infrastructure planning
4.4 EU Withdrawal and the future of environmental regulation
4.5 Health, inclusive planning and ageing
4.6 Planning and the public sector
4.7 Planning education and the planning profession
4.8 Urban planning and the future of cities
4.9 Rural planning
4.10 Community planning
4.11 Planning and the economy
4.12 Technology & horizon scanning
4.13 Poverty and inequality
4.14 International research

Health was cited as a top issue by 4% of members in the survey, and was also one of the top five issues cited in the 2015-17 research programme consultation. In the consultation, discussions of planning for health were sometimes closely related to discussions of planning for an ageing population, which was cited as a top issue by 11% of members in 2017, and inclusive planning which was cited by 2%. It was also noted to be a key issue for government. Discussions around these issues focused on areas relating to planning including:

  • Upstream interventions for health and wellbeing: Linking health and planning programmes.
  • Evaluating impacts of policy around health: Multi-dimensional evaluation of planning policy and how planning helps implement other policy, e.g. healthy places principles.
  • How are accessibility requirements embedded in local policy?
  • Evaluating dementia-friendliness of new communities and policy: There has been a huge amount of positive feedback on our recent practice advice on dementia and this was widely identified as an important area for the future.
  • Impacts of ageing population: For planning and other key related issues (e.g. housing).
  • The needs of children in the built environment and how to engage children in planning.

How to approach research on health, inclusive planning and ageing

As discussed above, health, inclusive planning and ageing were often discussed together. However some participants argued that issues around planning and an ageing population were so important as to be worthy of study on their own. Thus while it is useful sometimes to think of health and inclusiveness as a broad agenda, it is also important to drill down on specific issues within it.

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