New ‘healthy’ towns to be built in England to address problems of dementia and obesity



The NHS England Healthy New Towns programme will be working alongside ten housing developments across the country.

Consideration will be given to how sites can redesign local health and care services to extend independent living arrangements for older people.

Among the approaches being investigated are digitally enabled local health services that share physical infrastructure and staff with schools and community groups.

The new ‘healthy towns’ are intended to establish a blueprint for other communities to follow.

For more information, go to the NHS England site.

Siddique, Haroon (2016) ‘Ten new ‘healthy’ towns to be built in England’ The Guardian, 1st March [Online]. Available at:

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