PBA recognised early on that assessing health and wellbeing will have a major impact on our work and become a key differentiator in successful projects.
Building on our more traditional Health Impact Assessment offering, we now demonstrate the quantifiable benefits in health and wellbeing, whether in development or in providing public services, such as access to open space. These health-cost-benefits are incorporated in our strategies, plans and designs to improve the overall cost-benefits of schemes.
Transport is a particular area where cross-sector benefits for health are significant. This includes both physical health benefits associated with active travel (such as walking and cycling), but also mental health benefits of keeping people connected - with their families, social activities and life opportunities.
We've been working closely with the Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation on how transport policy and procedure can contribute to the health and wellbeing agenda and we supported a new report 'A transport journey to a healthier life', published June 2016, which involved a review of research, policy and practice by a team of industry practitioners.
CIHT Report: A Transport Journey to a Healthier Life
PBA contributed to this new paper on how transport policy can help shape the health and wellbeing agenda.Download
Town & Country Planning Journal November 2016
See pg 489 for 'transport planning and mental wellbeing benefits' by PBA's Scott Witchalls, Bob Pinkett and Dawn Wylie in this #healthyplanning Special Edition.Download