New research from Fields in Trust demonstrates that parks & green spaces across the UK provide people with over £34 billion of health & wellbeing benefits.
The proposed revisions to the planning policy framework for England are open for consultation. But are the proposals a missed opportunity for a more sustainable food system?
The Town and Country Planning Association's new Practical Guide 8, Creating Health Promoting Environments, sets out opportunities for ambitious councils who want to create high-quality, large-scale new developments.
Time is running out to ensure the new plan for the capital helps create a healthier food system for all Londoners. London Food Link is calling on people to take action before the 2 March, so that free drinking water, protection of land for growing and limiting access to junk food, are all firmly on the agenda.
New research has shown that more than one in four takeaways is within 5 minutes walk of a school - an increase of 67% in the last eight years. Read on for Sustain's comment.
The Good Food for London league table published by London Food Link last week, showed councils are continuing to support food growing across the capital.
As concern rises over the ready availablity of high-calorie, high-fat fast food, especially in deprived areas, a new online tool allows councils and campaigners to find out the concentration of outlets by area.
Whilst Brexit is forcing a rethink of a crucial portion of most UK farm incomes - the farm subsidies - when we leave the European Common Agriculture Policy, it would be a mistake to ignore the market side of the calculation. How will farmers secure a decent return from the market place for decent food production, with (or even scarier, without) subsidies? With the single market possibly gone, and new trade deals and huge regulatory changes ahead it seems crucial to ensure farmers have access to a diverse and fairly trading marketplace.
As part of the devolution process, Manchester is renewing its 'People's Plan' and the Kindling Trust wants to take the opportunity to make Greater Manchester a Sustainable Food City
The draft plan calls for more public participation and new initiatives in urban planning, as well as the need for secure and accessible food growing sites across London
Sustain member CPRE is urging supporters to join a last-ditch protest against planning law changes that could bury green and fertile land under tarmac
A 40,000 pig production unit at Limavady, Northern Ireland, which was initially refused planning permission, is back under consideration
NHS England is helping to plan 10 new developments where the design and facilities will support healthy lifestyles, to combat problems such as obesity.
Support for food growing on London's rooves came at a debate on how architecture could tackle London's air pollution.
Farms Not Factories has launched a petition to help a Northern Irish community oppose plans for a 30,000 pig farm.
An article in Planning Resource highlights how community food growing contributes towards many social and health agendas. Journalist, Ben Kochan, explains how councils are now promoting such initiatives through their local and neighbourhood plans.
Fast food takeaway numbers increase everywhere, but growth more rapid in deprived areas of UK
New research from the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Diet and Activity Research, shows that growing numbers of fast food takeaways are opening up, especially in deprived areas; fuelling fears that the dietary divide between rich and poor will widen further. See the response of Sustain's Children's Food Campaign
The Government has announced that from 6th April pubs will be protected from permitted development rights. In the past permitted development rights have allowed change of use of a pub building to for example, shops or offices, sometimes against the will of local communities. Additional safeguards will apply to pubs which have been formally listed as Assets of Community Value (ACVs). The news was welcomed by campaigners such as CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) and the Plunkett Foundation.
Recommendations for advancing the health and sustainability of Sandwell's food system through engaging local government, businesses and community partners.
For the first time, this guide brings together in one place examples of planning policies around the UK that support community food growing. It is aimed primarily at planning authorities to help them to use food growing as a way of creating healthy communities, itself a specific recommendation within the Planning Practice Guidance that goes with the National Planning Policy Framework for England, but a principle that is relevant across the UK.
Spatial planning directly affects the food system, including decisions about protecting land for farming, planning permission for food retailing and waste management facilities, and encouraging urban food production. This report explores how local authorities and communities can use planning policy and decisions to create more local and sustainable food systems.
Planners have an influential role to play in making it possible for people to enjoy good, fresh food that is affordable and readily accessible. This document presents guidance from the London Development Agency on how planners can help to improve access to healthy and affordable food for people living in deprived areas of London. It contains a wealth of ideas, drawing on examples of what local authorities and organisations have done and the lessons learnt.
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Projects & campaigns
Better Hospital Food
Children's Food Campaign
Food and Farming Policy
Food co-ops toolkit
Good Food For London
London Food Link
Planning Food Cities
Real Bread Campaign
Roots to work
Save Our Antibiotics
Sugar Smart UK
Sustainable Fish Cities
Sustainable Food Cities
The Big Dig
Urban Food Fortnight