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Spatial Planning, Health and Wellbeing Collaboration

We are a founding member of the Spatial Planning, Health and Wellbeing Collaborative Group progressing closer working between health and spatial planning practitioners on place and place-making.

Representatives from Public Health Scotland, Directors of Public Health, Heads of Planning Scotland, COSLA, Health Improvement Managers and Edinburgh University are combining our expertise and evidence to:

  • articulate the consistent aspects of every place that enable health and wellbeing into a set of place, health and wellbeing themes
  • combine our evidence and expertise to inform national policy, particularly National Planning Framework 4, on the need for each theme to be given consistent national support when assessing the impact of place on health and well-being
  • promote the value of a consistent set of place and wellbeing outcomes when delivering places that enable wellbeing and support Scotland's 20 minute neighbourhood ambition. This includes undertaking rapid scoping assessments with City of Edinburgh Council, North Ayrshire Council and Argyll and Bute Council on the impact of policy in shaping places for wellbeing.
  • determine how to embed and broaden links between planning and health practitioners. Scoping out the feasibility of Public Health Scotland becoming the consultation authority on population health matters, to support turning evidence on delivering healthy places into practice.
  • consider best practice in progressing the requirements in the Planning Act for Health Impact Assessments, an existing example is one prepared by NHS Lothian for the Bangour Village Hospital site.

For further details on any of the above contact Irene Beautyman, Planning for Place Programme Manager

Place and Wellbeing: Integrating Land Use Planning and Public Health in Scotland

A new briefing Place and Wellbeing: integrating land use planning and public health in Scotland has been developed by the Spatial Planning, Health and Wellbeing Collaborative.

The briefing raises awareness of the impact that the places where people live, work and play have on their health and wellbeing. It provides practical guidance for land use planners, public health practitioners and policy makers to work together, using a whole systems approach to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. It introduces land use planners to the public health system and public health professionals to the planning system and outlines a number of key opportunities for more integrated working to realise shared ambitions.

Place and Wellbeing: Integrating land use planning and public health in Scotland

Introduction to the links between land use planning and public health, and the briefing developed by the Spatial Planning, Health and Wellbeing Collaborative.

Place and Wellbeing Webinar

We held a webinar to introduce the briefing and the opportunities for collaboration that it is designed to support. Presenters included:

  • Susan Rintoul, Planning for Place Project Officer at the Improvement Service
  • Emma Doyle, Health Improvement Manager for Place at Public Health Scotland
  • Margaret Douglas, Co-Director of the Edinburgh University Master of Public Health Programme, Honorary Consultant in Public Health at Public Health Scotland and Chair of the Scottish Health and Inequalities Impact Assessment Network
  • Gary Templeton, Strategic Planning and Development Manager at Moray Council
Irene Beautyman - Planning for Place Programme Manager
Susan Rintoul - Project Officer, Planning for Place