Draft Thanet Local Plan - 2031 - Pre-Submission Publication, Regulation 19

5 - Community Strategy

Healthy and Inclusive Communities

5.1 The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) acknowledges the link between planning and healthy communities and states that the planning system should support strategies to improve health and cultural well-being, promote healthy communities and identify policies that will deliver the provision of health facilities. It encourages policies that will facilitate social interaction and healthy inclusive communities.

5.2 Greener neighbourhoods and improved access to nature will improve public health and quality of life and reduce environmental inequalities. Urban green spaces will provide varied ecosystems and will contribute to coherent and resilient ecological networks.

5.3 The NEA & Marmot Review (2010) demonstrate the positive impact that nature has on mental and physical health. High quality natural environments foster healthy neighbourhoods; green spaces encourage social activity and reduce crime. The natural environment can help children's learning. Health issues are addressed in this plan in the following policy areas:

  • Housing quality and design
  • Transport
  • Economic development, employment skills and training
  • Access to and provision of local services
  • Community safety and crime
  • Access to fresh food
  • Access to the natural environment

5.4 The following policy sets out how the Plan will contribute towards a healthier community.

Policy SP36 - Healthy and Inclusive Communities

The Council will work with relevant organisations, communities and developers to promote, protect and improve the health of Thanet's residents, and reduce health inequalities. Proposals will be supported that:

1. Bring forward accessible community services and facilities, including new health facilities,

2. Safeguard existing community services and facilities,

3. Safeguard or provide open space, sport and recreation

4. Promote healthier options for transport including cycling and walking,

5. Improve or increase access to a healthy food supply such as allotments, farmers' markets and farm shops,

6. Create social interaction and safe environments through mixed uses and the design and layout of development,

7. Create greener neighbourhoods and improve biodiversity and access to nature.