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In this Urbanism Hour we will hear from two speakers both delivering on healthy places.

Developers need to take the lead to deliver successful healthy placemakingAndrew Taylor, Group Planning Director, Countryside Properties

Andrew is Group Planning Director at Countryside and leads the company’s planning function. Countryside develops private and affordable homes through partnerships with landowners, registered providers and local authorities, with a focus on urban regeneration schemes and delivering landscape led developments and new settlements. Before joining Countryside, Andrew was Head of Planning for a developer in the Eastern Counties and prior to that spent over 18 years in planning authorities in the south east of England. He has experience of both urban and rural planning from small scale exception needs housing to master planning new settlements, major town centre redevelopments and international airport expansion. Andrew chaired the Royal Town Planning Institute Board of Trustees for 4 years to December 2016 and took on the role of Hon. Treasurer in January 2017, continuing as a Trustee and on the RTPI’s General Assembly. Andrew Chairs the Leeds Beckett University Partnership Board, is a member of the Women in Planning Advisory board and Chair of the National Planning Forum’s Management Committee, championing planning and inspiring all those involved in the planning process and in delivering the new planning agenda.

Approaches to securing health outcomes and value through planningMichael Chang, Programme Manager – Planning and Health, Healthy Places, Public Health England

Michael is a Chartered Town Planner of the Royal Town Planning Institute and Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health. He has a specialist interest in the topic of healthy planning and development. He previously led the Town and Country Planning Association’s Reuniting Health with Planning initiative which provided a range of support and publications across the UK nations on spatial planning and public health. Currently as Programme Manager for Planning and Health at Public Health England, an executive agency of the UK Department of Health and Social Care, he advises on spatial planning. Michael initiated and co-founded the Health and Wellbeing in Planning Network, is Visiting Fellow at the UK WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments, Panel Chair of the Essex Livewell Healthy Development Accreditation scheme, and in the Urban Land Institute’s Health Leader Network for 2021.

Michael will talk about healthy environments, design and public health outcomes. He will highlight recent research and emerging work on design and health and health impact assessments in the design context.

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