Published: 24th Jul 2020

A new design toolkit – backed by NHS England – has been launched to encourage healthier lifestyles to be planned into new housing developments.  The Building for a Healthy Life guidance covers the priorities for creating healthier communities, including improved walking, cycling and public transport links, with reduced carbon emissions and better air quality. Master plans should be based on an assessment of local health and care needs, with the creation of integrated neighbourhoods based on ‘tenure neutral’ housing and well-defined public spaces. The new guidance was commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement to update the widely used Building for Life 12 (B4L12), which Homes England requires developers to commit to using as part of the tender process for purchasing land. Reserved matter planning applications must subsequently reflect the tender proposals. ‘Building for a Healthy Life works best as the starting point for getting developers, local authorities, communities and … (To read the full article, subscribe below)