This report presents the findings of a roundtable held in the Houses of Parliament on 1st November 2016 with stakeholders, policy-makers in the development process and planning policies in the UK and researchers. The roundtable part of an ESRC sponsored seminar series on reuniting planning and health, led by the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre (WHO CC) for Healthy Urban Environments, UWE, Bristol with the participation of The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Bristol, University of Newcastle, Liverpool University and Public Health England (http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/et/research/spe/seminarseries.aspx)
This major ESRC interdisciplinary seminar series has overall aim of considering how public health can contribute to and be considered in urban planning, supporting delivery of healthy sustainable communities. The series offered a forum for academics and practitioners to discuss the obstacles to reuniting planning and health and identify workable and economically viable solutions that help deliver positive health outcomes, wellbeing and equity in cities and neighbourhoods. Each seminar explored different themes, i.e. issues around the evidence base for healthy planning as well as governance and policies including [Health] Impact Assessment, good practice and initiatives from the UK and from overseas. As well as promoting a better understanding of the issues in the other discipline, the seminar series also aimed at connecting public health and planning practitioners.