The NHS has developed several comprehensive tools to assess the health service requirements and cost impacts of new residential developments.
One of these tools – the Healthy Urban Development Unit Model – helps to inform the Healthy Streets Indicators.
Healthy streets should be welcoming places for everyone to walk, spend time in and engage in community life. The whole community should feel comfortable and safe on our streets at all times. People should not feel worried about road danger or experience threats to their personal safety. Making streets easier to cross is important to encourage more walking and to connect communities. People prefer direct routes and being able to cross streets at their convenience. Physical barriers and fast moving or heavy traffic can make streets difficult to cross.
A lack of resting places can limit mobility for certain groups of people. Ensuring there are places to stop and rest benefits everyone, including local businesses, as people will be more willing to visit, spend time in, or meet other people on our streets.
People are more likely to use our streets when their journey is interesting and stimulating, with attractive views, buildings, planting and street art and where other people are using the street. They will be less dependent on cars if the shops and services they need are within short distances so they do not need to drive to get to them.
We want to ensure that our new residential development includes these kinds of healthy streets.
I have a task that needs completing, and I’d really like your help.
I would like you to complete an online registration form to confirm healthy streets in our housing development.
I’ve included the resources you need to complete the task, including documents, images, videos and templates. They should give you plenty of ideas and information.
Follow the instructions, and when you’re ready, complete your task. All this should take you about 45 minutes.
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