The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published a new Planning Healthier Food Environments Q&A as part of a revision of the Health and Wellbeing Planning Practice Guidance (HWB PPG), as advised by Public Health England (PHE) in association with the Department of Health (DH).

PHE, led by the Healthy Places Team, had been working with DH and DCLG to develop the new Q&A on healthier food environments, with the aim to provide stronger guidance, and support to local authorities that seek to use planning to deliver healthier food environments as part of a whole system’s approach to tackle obesity.

The Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) is a web-based resource broken into a series of sections that provide guidance and support on how to apply the strategic objectives and policies set in National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The NPPF set out the Government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied.

This is in line with the Government’s commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of the population and reduce levels of childhood obesity as outlined in the recent national Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action.