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Health impact assessment in the UK planning system: the possibilities and limits of community engagement

Chadderton, Chloe, Elliott, Eva ORCID:, Hacking, Nicholas ORCID:, Shepherd, Michael Allan and Williams, Gareth Howard 2013. Health impact assessment in the UK planning system: the possibilities and limits of community engagement. Health Promotion International 28 (4) , pp. 533-543. 10.1093/heapro/das031

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This paper explores the use of health impact assessment (HIA) as a means of facilitating community engagement in spatial planning. The paper discusses the background to the development of HIA as a tool for assessing the likely impact of policies and wider changes on health with a view to building those into planning and decision-making, and describes the evolution of HIA into more participatory forms. It then goes on to describe a case-study of plans for a waste incinerator in an inner-city area in the UK, where HIA was used in response to community concerns about the development as a means of building in the views of local people to the decision-making around the plan. We describe in detail how the HIA was conducted and additional research undertaken within a timescale set by the planning processes. We discuss the difficulties involved in conducting any kind of research-based HIA so rapidly and in a situation of multiple, competing stakeholder interests. We argue that although the HIA failed to influence the final decisions in this particular instance it does, nonetheless, provide a model for how to create ‘knowledge spaces’ in which different perspectives and information can be brought around the table to create more democratic approaches to planning for waste.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Cardiff Institute of Society and Health (CISHE)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: HIA; planning; communities
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0957-4824
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2023 02:06

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