Barking Riverside: healthy new town

By James Renoux-Wood - Tue 1 March 2016, 5:19 pm

The colossal Barking Riverside development, where there are plans for 10,800 new homes, has been named as one of 10 “healthy new towns” as part of an NHS England initiative.

Housing developments across the country have been identified where NHS England aims to improve the health, wellbeing and independence of people in communities.

To achieve this, plans include banning fast-food outlets near schools and encouraging walking by designing green spaces and "building dementia friendly streets".

Councils, housing associations, NHS organisations and developers were last year invited to bid for NHS support. The scheme attracted 114 bids. 

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, in a speech to the Kings Fund today (1 March), said: “The much-needed push to kick-start affordable housing across England creates a golden opportunity for the NHS to help promote health and keep people independent.”

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