Creating Healthy and Sustainable Places: A Framework for West Sussex DRAFT

Closed 11 Jan 2021

Opened 16 Nov 2020

Feedback updated 18 Jan 2021

We asked

We asked for people's views and comments on our draft 'Creating Healthy Places: A Public Health and Sustainability Framework for West Sussex, and a consultation took place from the 16th November 2020 to 11th January 2021. 
It primarily consisted of an online questionnaire

You said

A consultation took place from 16th of November 2020 to 11th of January 2021 and it primarily consisted of an online questionnaire whereby 22 responses were submitted.

The highlights of the response we recieved are:

  • 78.26% feel that the framework should contribute to the development of planning policies around healthy and sustainable placemaking/development in West Sussex
  • 39.13% agreed that the framework offers good guidance around placemaking and 43.4% were unsure
  • 43.48% agreed that the scope of the document offers a detailed and holistic overview concerning placemaking and 30.43% were unsure
  • 60.87% agreed that the document explains why creating healthy and sustainable places are important for us
  • 50.17% broadly agreed with the Vision set out in the framework
  • 43.48% agreed with the definition and explanation around ‘placemaking, 30.43% disagreed and 26.09% were unsure
  • 52.17% agreed with the specifications/objectives of what we should be doing to deliver healthy and sustainable places
  • 47.83% found the health intelligence signposting section useful and 34.78% were unsure
  • 39.13% agreed that the document clearly defines what a healthy and sustainable development should do whilst 30.43 disagreed and 30.43 were also unsure

Additional points that arose through the comments section included:

  • 'Great to see climate change reflected in the document.’
  • ‘The framework and outlook are full and comprehensive.’
  • Strong agreement that a healthy development should increase people’s opportunities to enjoy healthy food by growing more food at a local level as per allotments, community growing / orchards, and more community shops and/or farmers markets serving the local communities and they should embrace the selling of all the dietary needs of the people within the communities’.
  • ‘WSCC should be pro-active in finding ways to improve our existing places.’
  • ‘The document itself fails to deliver clarity of the intended goal in a concise manner - it is far too vague and waffly. The definition of sustainability used to underpin the purpose of the framework is flawed.’

We did

As a result of the consultation feedback, the following amendments were made to the draft ‘Creating Healthy Places: A Public Health and Sustainability Framework for West Sussex’:

  1.  Adjusted the specifications/objectives
  2. Made parts of the document clearer such as it’s role and purpose around offering guidance
  3. Made it clearer that it was owned by Public Health and Sustainability as opposed to Planning for example
  4. Have built upon the ‘what a health development should do’ by strengthening its links to health and wellbeing
  5. Made the document more concise

Several other minor additions and amendments were made to reflect comments and suggestions from the consultation and to provide clarity on various aspects of the Framework.















The ‘Creating Healthy and Sustainable Places: A Framework for West Sussex’ is a West Sussex County Council Policy which outlines a detailed set of characteristics, specifications, considerations and guidance in which to create healthy and sustainable places across West Sussex. The framework offers the opportunity to achieve consistent place making and development across the County as well as ways in which to consider health, wellbeing and sustainability outcomes as part of a holistic approach to healthy and sustainable placemaking. The purpose of this framework is to:

  1. Provide a vision and clear statement on our commitment to healthy and sustainable place making across the county.
  1. Provide guidance on delivering a consistent and holistic approach to healthy and sustainable placemaking in West Sussex.
  1. To signpost users of the Framework to the scale and scope of practical challenges, opportunities and tools for placemaking in specific relation to public health, sustainability, planning and the wider built and natural environment.
  1. Provide clarity on meeting the requirements set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Planning Policy Guidance (PPG) on healthy and safe communities.
  1. To lay the foundations to support health and wellbeing as a holistic thread running through the future development of local plans, policies, design guides and codes.
  1. To support decision making to take into consideration at the earliest opportunity health, wellbeing and sustainability impacts.
  1. To guide and champion the proportionate use of Health Impact assessments.

The framework has been developed within the context of new and wider national approaches to place making. Having recognised the varying approaches, the County Council has tailored the information to provide a very local and holistic interpretation of current thinking around this agenda. To date, the framework has received input from our district and borough colleagues, Public Health England, NHS Estates, Sport England, major developers and wider partners. The framework prioritises local health and sustainability needs to deliver the best outcomes for our West Sussex residents.

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Why we are consulting

Everyone has the right to live in a great place. More importantly, everyone has the right to contribute to making the place where they already live great.

Whilst ‘placemakers’ (developers, designers, investors, policy makers and all those who influence the design and layout of places and developments) and local planning policy have a crucial role to play in ensuring that the opportunities exist for people to live healthier and sustainable lifestyle choices, here in West Sussex we want our place making philosophy and processes to be place led and place sensitive. People and the environment should be at the centre of concerns for healthy and sustainable place making This is why we are consulting with the public on this key document. You are our greatest assets within our communities and you have a key role in shaping and contributing to the policies and plans that deliver healthy and sustainable places for the future.

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What happens next

Following public consultation a final draft of the framework will be produced. The final draft will then be presented to the Health and Wellbeing Board in January 2021 and to a Public Cabinet meeting on the 23rd of February 2021.


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