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The long-term health and wellbeing impacts of Healthy New Towns (HNTs): protocol for a baseline and feasibility study of HNT demonstrator sites in England

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Vic McGowanORCiD, Dr Heather BrownORCiD, Professor Clare BambraORCiD



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Increasing levels of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), mental health problems, high rates of unhealthy behaviours and health inequalities remain major public health challenges worldwide. In the context of increasing urbanisation, there is an urgent need to understand how evidence that living environments shape health, wellbeing and behaviour can be used to design and deliver healthy environments in local urban settings. The Healthy New Town (HNT) programme implemented in England from 2015 consists of ten major housing developments that aim to improve population health through healthy design principles, new models for integrating health and social care, and the creation of strong and connected communities. The programme provides a natural experiment in which to investigate the effects on health, wellbeing and inequalities of large-scale interventions targeting the wider social determinants of health.

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Author(s): Watts PN, Rance S, McGowan V, Brown H, Bambra C, Findlay G, Harden A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Pilot and Feasibility Studies

Year: 2020

Volume: 6

Online publication date: 10/01/2020

Acceptance date: 06/01/2020

Date deposited: 19/12/2019

ISSN (electronic): 2055-5784

Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd


DOI: 10.1186/s40814-020-0550-2


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