Healthy New Towns
Barking Riverside in London and Northstowe in Cambridgeshire are two Healthy New Town demonstrator sites approved as part of a commitment in the NHS Five Year Forward View to dramatically improve population health, and integrate health and care services as new places are built and take shape. Catherine represented Care City as co-lead of the Barking Riverside Healthy New Town initiative development phase. This work culminated in a funded delivery plan based on researcher and practitioner input of evidence and good practice alongside extensive community engagement to ascertain local priorities, opportunities and capacities. In Northstowe, Catherine is working with Chris Blandford Associates and Tim Gill of Rethinking Childhood to devise a play and healthy living strategy which will embed lifelong health, activity and exploration into the new town’s physical environment.
Integral to our approach at Barking Riverside were the 10 Healthy New Town Principles we developed and which are embedded in the S106 agreement between the council and developer. The intention is that these will also be reflected in the new Local Plan for Barking and Dagenham.
In association with Iken Associates