Contributors include LI Policy and Communications Committee members Marcus Grant and Val Kirby

Routledge launches planning for health handbook
Routledge launches planning for health handbook

Recognising that urban planning is deeply implicated in climate change and unhealthy lifestyles, and in line with the LI’s position on landscape and public health, a  new book from publisher Routledge, Handbook of Planning for Health and Well-Being, is aimed at decision-makers in control of urban planning, transport policy and how our cities are developed.

According to Routledge, the book authoritatively and comprehensively integrates health into all aspects of urban planning, ‘strengthening the hands of those who argue and plan for healthy environments’.

With contributions from international ‘leaders in the field’, the book provides context, philosophy, research, processes, and ‘tools of experienced practitioners from four continents’. The editors are Hugh Barton, Susan Thompson, Sarah Burgess and Marcus Grant.

Marcus is one of the leaders of a team of experts from Bristol’s universities, the city council, NHS acute and mental health trusts and local communities.

‘This book is a vital tool for all those who want to improve the health and well-being of their local communities, the ultimate guide to creating healthy, sustainable urban environments,’ he says. ‘We hope that researchers and practitioners the world over will use it to create the healthy cities of the future which so many people so desperately need.’

More information on the handbook is available here.

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