Delivering Healthy Places

The role of the private sector

Authored by: James de Havilland , Sarah Burgess

The Routledge Handbook Of Planning For Health And Well-Being

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138023307
eBook ISBN: 9781315728261
Adobe ISBN: 9781317542407


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The private sector plays a major role in the creation of our towns and cities. It influences the location, design and quality of housing as well as the mix of land uses and public spaces in neighbourhoods. In order to achieve healthy and sustainable settlements it is important that developers take a holistic approach to place-making; one that not only provides housing but addresses the social, cultural, economic and environmental aspects of successful places (Calcutt 2007; Maliene and Malys 2009). However, in England, despite a national planning policy framework that specifically identifies the need for vibrant and healthy communities, with accessible services that support its health, social and cultural well-being (DCLG 2012), this is not a straightforward task. Like many parts of the world, including North America and Australia, there is still a question over how well good intentions are carried through by the development industry and local decision-makers.

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