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The House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment has published the report summarising its findings, Building Better Places .
One of the Committee’s conclusions is that ‘the link between people and place is lost in decision-making concerning the built environment. ……..and exert a long-term negative impact upon health and wellbeing’.
It goes on to recommend ‘…. a number of strategies for improvement to streets, highways and the public realm, combined with additional measures intended to promote greater joint working between health and planning professionals and better local monitoring of health impacts resulting from the built environment.’
Other recommendations include appointment of a Chief Built Environment Adviser to integrate policy across Government and champion change.