recognises the importance of residents’ health and wellbeing, as part of the
NHS Healthy Towns Network
Redrow, the leading UK housebuilder, has pledged its commitment to making health and wellbeing a core consideration when designing new developments, as part of its latest partnership with NHS England and Public Health England.
Alongside 11 other housebuilders and housing associations, Redrow has become a member of the Healthy Towns Network, which aims to improve the health of the nation by creating healthier places to live.
The network, which includes Peabody, one of London’s oldest and largest Housing Associations, and retirement specialist, Hanover, represents a diverse group of housing experts. Each of these twelve members will be part of an important forum for dialogue on healthy place-making between health bodies and those who deliver homes across the country to ensure these areas provide residents with the opportunity to live a healthier life.
There are currently 10 sites in the healthy new towns initiative, which all prioritise health and wellbeing in the delivery of new housing developments and regeneration schemes. This includes the Ebbsfleet Garden City development in Kent.
Ebbsfleet Garden City is the largest of the pilots, with ambitions to build up to 15,000 new homes and 30,000 new jobs. This includes 900 new homes at Redrow’s Ebbsfleet Green development.
The Garden City offers a sustainable and innovative approach to provision of local infrastructure including health services that enable effective new models of care to be delivered in appropriate multipurpose settings. Those residents at Ebbsfleet Green can also be part of the Edible Ebbsfleet initiative.
Spearheaded by Ebbsfleet Garden City Healthy New Towns, Edible Ebbsfleet is a partnership between the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group, supported by NHS England. Edible Ebbsfleet provides people of all ages with free access to fruit and vegetables and aims to encourage people to think about where their food comes from. Redrow is the first housebuilder at Ebbsfleet Garden City to support the initiative.
John Tutte, CEO of Redrow, said: “With the rise in long-term, potentially preventable conditions, we must do more to prevent ill health and keep people independent. The places in which we live have a significant impact on our mental and physical health, which is why it is important that homebuilders take their role in providing good quality housing and access to green spaces seriously. We are delighted to not only be part of the Healthy Towns Network but also the Ebbsfleet Garden City Healthy New Towns programme, which will help improve the quality of life for all residents. With the inclusion of seven new and upgraded city parks, education facilities, better housing and employment opportunities, we look forward to seeing the positive impact the Garden City will have on local people’s health and well-being in the coming years.”