Salim Vohra
Health-Proofing Masterplan Designs: A Guide

consultancy: guide development, regeneration, masterplans, planning, design

Health-Proofing Masterplan Designs: A Guide

Stoke-on-Trent Healthy City Programme, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, NHS Stoke-on-Trent,Institute of Occupational Medicine, 2010

This guide came out of my thinking on doing HIAs of masterplans over the last five years.

Masterplans are the set of documents, particularly design drawings, that are developed to show how the physical environment of an area is going to be transformed from one set of existing buildings and land uses to another similar, or different, set of buildings and land uses. Figure 2 on page 9 shows an example of a masterplan design.

The aim of this guide is to describe in detail how to systematically review masterplan designs so that they incorporate public health and healthy urban planning best practice. It is therefore primarily aimed at public health/health impact assessment (HIA) professionals and planning professionals new to healthy urban planning and design. It can also be used by local community groups and voluntary sector agencies.

We see two uses of this guide. It can support:

  • The review and health-proofing of masterplan design options when these designs are being publicly consulted on during the masterplanning process.
  • The awareness raising and training of public health, HIA and planning professionals - in the public, private and voluntary sectors - in healthy urban planning.

Case Study 1: Middleport Regeneration

Stoke-on-Trent Healthy City Programme, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, NHS Stoke-on-Trent,Institute of Occupational Medicine, 2010

The Health-Proofing Masterplan Designs Guide emerged from two case studies. This is Case Study 1.

The aim of this paper is to present the discussion and emerging findings from a health impact assessment of the Three Draft Middleport Masterplan Options so that they can inform the development of the final Preferred Option.

A workshop was held on the Tuesday 5th May, between 9.15am and 12.30pm, at the North Staffordshire Medical Institute. It involved 10 participants from Stoke on Trent Primary Care Trust (PCT).

The workshop had two objectives:
  • to make PCT public health staff aware of the Middleport masterplanning process and the emerging draft plans; and
  • to discuss the three draft masterplan options for Middleport within the context of healthy urban planning, health promotion and public health strategy for Stoke-on-Trent and develop recommendations for what elements of the three options should be part of the Preferred Option.

Case Study 2: City Waterside West Regeneration

Stoke-on-Trent Healthy City Programme, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, NHS Stoke-on-Trent,Institute of Occupational Medicine, 2010

The Health-Proofing Masterplan Designs Guide emerged from two case studies. This is Case Study 2.

In this paper City Waterside masterplans will be examined in terms of the World Health Organization’s ’12 Healthy Urban Planning Principles’ which will inform this review of the City Waterside masterplan designs in terms of ‘heath proofing’ the draft and final designs and meeting public health needs through the physical regeneration of City Waterside.

The 12 key urban planning principles help to systematically consider the wider social determinant of health and wellbeing within the masterplan designs by reviewing the provision of active travel routes, local services and amenities, community space provision, public transport provision and the protection and creation of public open and green spaces.