Too often unhealthy homes cause or exacerbate poor health and wellbeing. This session will join-up our White Paper recommendations, ‘Laying the Foundations for Healthy Homes and Buildings’, with the TCPA’s Healthy Homes Bill which seeks to transform the regulation of the built environment to ensure that new homes and neighbourhoods support health and wellbeing. The TCPA will join us at this important meeting and set out why now is the time for the Government to support our White Paper recommendations and a Healthy Homes Bill and commit to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing.
The Covid-19 pandemic forced most of us to spend the majority of our time at home and consequently our awareness of how important healthy homes and places are to the nation’s health has been heightened. As Government moves to accelerate a Green Recovery and planning processes it is important to promote the principle that the homes and buildings we work and live in are healthy and positively contribute to our physical and mental health rather than diminish it.
This joint TCPA and HHB APPG session will look at why Government's planning policy must adopt a holistic approach to building and designing new homes and communities; which actively works to improve health and wellbeing with contributions from Lord Crisp, Hugh Ellis, Policy Director at the TCPA an more to be announced. We will set out our recommendations and ask:
- Is Government planning and housing policy moving in the right direction in terms of improving health?
- How can we embed health and wellbeing principles in planning and design to create healthy homes?
- What more can Government do to improve and retrofit existing homes to improve and create healthier indoor environments?
- How could a more holistic approach to place making and planning policy improve both the indoor and outdoor environment and improve the nation’s health?