Worcestershire County Council's Strategic Planning and Environmental Policy team have been commended in the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2019.
The RTPI awards are the most prestigious awards in the UK planning industry and recognise exceptional planning work and projects around the country. Worcestershire County Council were commended in the Excellence in Planning for Health and Wellbeing category.
The project involved delivery of opportunities under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, which gave upper-tier local authorities new duties to improve the public's health. The approach brought County and District planners together with Public Health officers to address health inequalities and use planning to reduce ill health and deliver health-promoting environments.
The judges’ commented that: “This project highlights that it is time for the profession to be a leader in delivering projects with a strong focus on health and wellbeing. It presents planners as social architects addressing the cause of problems rather than the symptoms. The council addressed health benefits directly through the planning system, an issue which is often underrepresented in development plans and the judges were impressed with the innovation of partnering with health authorities.”
Emily Barker, Planning Services Manager at Worcestershire County Council said: “We’re honoured to have been commended for this important work we’ve done and will continue to work with Public Health and other partners to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities in the county.”
The RTPI awards took place in London on 24th April. The Royal Town Planning Institute, with over 25,000 members, champions the power of planning in creating prosperous places and vibrant communities.