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

Closes 11 Jan 2021

Opened 16 Nov 2020

Feedback expected 23 Feb 2021















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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The Sustainability Team will use this survey to collect personal data in order to carry out a task in the public interest.  The data will be processed in accordance with the 2018 Data Protection Act and any subsequent legislation, including the General Data Protection Regulations. 

The personal data we collect will not be shared with anyone outside West Sussex County Council Office and will only be used for the purpose stated. The data we collect will be held securely on computer for a period of up to one year before being appropriately destroyed. West Sussex County Council is registered as Data Controller (Reg. No. Z6413427). For further details and information about our Data Controller, please see

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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