Fields in Trust welcomes the recently published ‘Promoting Healthy Cities’ paper published by the RTPI.
Their argument that health and wellbeing need to be at the core of how cities are designed and developed meshes neatly with our vision of accessible green space being a central part of all communities. As the RTPI state in the paper, “providing good quality local green space is an effective way to tackle inequality and improve health”. Ensuring that town planning puts access to green spaces at its heart is a key way to meet the RTPIs call for health and wellbeing to be at the centre of how cities are designed.
We agree that “cities need to provide access to local public facilities and spaces for play, sport and recreation, so as to allow children and adults to be physically active”.