Comments were being sought on the draft Planning for Health Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), which covers the South Worcestershire authorities of Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council (known collectively as the South Worcestershire Councils). It had been prepared in partnership between the Strategic Planning team and Directorate of Public Health at Worcestershire County Council and representatives from Planning Policy and Development Management teams within the three South Worcestershire Councils.
The purpose of this draft SPD is to provide guidance when planning for and creating healthier developments, whilst providing communities and organisations with greater support to take positive action to improve their health and wellbeing and encourage more positive forms of participation in healthier environments. Understanding the roles of the built and natural environments and their effect on health and wellbeing can help to improve people’s quality of life and provide a sustainable approach to the design and management of our environments.
The draft SPD complements the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) and is intended to be used by planners, health professionals and applicants/agents/investors/developers in conjunction with the policies of the SWDP.
The consultation ran from Friday 2 December 2016 to 5pm on Friday 27 January 2017.