Healthy New Town Partnership shortlisted for prestigious Planning Award

Monday, 8 April, 2019

The team delivering Healthy New Town status to Whitehill & Bordon has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

In March 2016 Whitehill & Bordon was one of ten towns across the country selected by NHS England to take part in the Healthy New Towns programme to show how towns can be designed to help residents live healthier lifestyles.

The project saw many organisations that do not normally work together forge a new partnership.

East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) worked with local residents, GPs, developers, NHS organisations, Hampshire County Council, Radian, schools and third sector groups to deliver health and welfare projects.

And this partnership has been recognised by a nomination for the Planning Awards 2019. The national awards scheme celebrates excellence in planning and place-making and recognises excellence in planning-related activities such as urban design, economic development and regeneration.

Clare Chester, EHDC’s Head of Regeneration, said: “Making the shortlist of the prestigious Planning Awards is no easy feat and is a great reflection of our partnership’s achievements over the past year.

“Public, private and third sector organisations that don’t normally work together have learnt to speak each other’s language and understand each other’s priorities to deliver this enormously complex and innovative programme.

“Expertise and resources have been pooled, barriers removed and new approaches taken, transforming outcomes for people living in Whitehill & Bordon from birth to old age.”

The Healthy New Town programme helps the town make it is easy for people to be healthy, active and independent and get the care they need in the right place and at the right time.

The winners will be announced at a special event on 4 June.