Tackling Deprivation, Health and Wellbeing in Torbay

Councillors were told recently night that one third of the people in Torbay are in the top 20 per cent of deprivation in the UK.

Presenting the new Healthy Torbay Supplementary Planning Document, Andrew Gunther, Senior Planning and Public Health Officer, said that 60 per cent of factors that affect people’s health and wellbeing are environmental and are things that we can control.

Cllr Chris Lewis said: ‘This is an important issue and it affects all our lives. This report is a making a difference and it will be money well spent.’

The Planning Document focuses on issues related to matters of health and wellbeing and how they should be positively addressed through the development planning process in Torbay.

It includes the ‘Torbay Healthy Planning Checklist’ which can be used by applicants to act as a prompt for issues related to health and wellbeing in Torbay which might apply to development proposals.

The draft document will be out for consultation from Monday, February 20 to Monday, March 20.