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Neighbourhood planning, rural ageing and public health policy in England: a case of policy myopia?

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© 2022 Liverpool University Press. All rights reserved.This article draws together new research findings with recent evidence, theory and policy developments relating to place-based planning for health and well-being. It considers how neighbourhood planning (NP) can support the advancement of the ageing-well agenda and well-being goals in rural areas of England. We argue that NP can theoretically impact positively on age-friendly objectives (sensitive housing design, downsizing options, social and civic participation), but this is limited without greater incentives and political commitment to integrated policy making. Without due attention, the advancement of ageing well and rural well-being through NP, as currently constructed, will remain a largely missed opportunity.

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Author(s): Lee C, Parker G, Buckner S, Mattocks C, Barnes A, Oliver EJ, Cowan A, Lafortune L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Town Planning Review

Year: 2022

Volume: 93

Issue: 3

Pages: 275-300

Print publication date: 01/05/2022

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Date deposited: 03/07/2023

ISSN (print): 0041-0020

ISSN (electronic): 1478-341X

Publisher: Liverpool University Press


DOI: 10.3828/TPR.2021.39


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School for Public Health Research