Supporting the Healthy New Towns programme

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Why we're doing this project

We are working with NHS England and other partners to support the Healthy New Towns programme. This ambitious national programme is working with ten housing developments, bringing together the health sector with housing developers and local authority planning teams to design and build healthier communities. The programme provides an important opportunity to learn how local areas can use major new housing developments as an opportunity to promote population health and deliver integrated care.

Partner organisations

Key milestones

The guidance was published as ten principles in September 2019. You can download the four guides on the NHS England website.

Our essay collection, Creating healthy places: perspectives from NHS England's Healthy New Towns programmewas published in September 2019.

We are currently working with NHS England and other programme partners to run a series of learning and implementation events in parts of England where there are major housing developments, designed to help local areas put the ten Healthy New Town principles into practice.

Learning the lessons: online events

How can we create places that promote health and wellbeing? Join us at two digital events to learn more about the Healthy New Towns programme,

26 November, 1-2pm

Hear about Putting Health into Place from those who have produced it and gain practical insights and learning from one of the ten demonstrator sites. Including:

  • Julia Thrift, Projects and Operations Director, Town and Country Planning Association
  • Kate Hillerby, Healthy New Town Programme Manager, Whitehill and Bordon

Register for your free place

4 December, 1-2pm

Hear some practical insights and learning from one of the ten demonstrator sites on how they have worked to establish a common language between partners to understand one another’s priorities; and ensured that health, wellbeing and social connections are prioritised in the master planning and design of places. Including:

Register for your free place

Project leads


Alex Baylis

Assistant Director of Policy