EDG and Building for a Healthy Life
The Building for a Healthy Life design tool has replaced the previous version Building for Life 12, which was the original 12-point self-assessment tool for creating better places. This latest edition has been written in partnership with Homes England, NHS England and integrates findings of the three-year Healthy Towns Programme.
Building for a Healthy Life is a Design Code to help people improve the design of new and growing neighbourhoods. BHL has been created to allow a broad range of people to use it easily – from members of a local community, local councillors, developers to local authorities – allowing those involved in a proposed new development to focus their thoughts, discussions and efforts on the things that matter most when creating good places to live.
Organised across three headings, 12 considerations are presented to help those involved in new developments to think about the qualities of successful places and how these can be best applied to the individual characteristics of a site and its wider context. These three headings will guide you from macro through to micro scale considerations. Each consideration is illustrated with clear written and visual prompts helping you to identify good practice and avoid common pitfalls. BHL can help local communities to set clear expectations of new developments by offering a series of easy to understand considerations that will also allow local communities to more easily identify the qualities (or deficiencies) of development proposals.
To help integrate this design tool into the Essex Design Guide the table below outlines the relationship between Building for a Healthy life, the National Planning Policy Framework, the National Design guide and the Essex Design Guide itself.
|Integrated Neighbourhoods||National Planning Policy Framework||National Design Guide||Essex Design Guide|
|Natural connections||91a, 102c and e; 1-4d; 127b; 127f||B3; M1; M2; N1; R3||Permeability and legibility|
|Walking, cycling and public transport||20c; 91a; 91c; 127e||B1; B3; M1; R3||Pedestrian and cycle movement
Transport and active travel
|Facilities and services||102; 103||B1; B3; N1; P3; U1; U3||Services|
|Homes for everyone||60-62||B1; B2; U2; U3||Mixed tenure homes|
|Distinctive places: Making the most of what's there|
|Making the most of what’s there||122d; 127c; 127d; 153b; 184||C1; C2; I1; B2; R3||Historic Characterisation, Appropriate Use of Design Materials, Understanding Context, Built Context|
|A memorable character||122d; 127c; 127d||C2; I1; I2; I3; B3||Essex Character, Character and Context|
|Well defined streets and spaces||91a||B2; M2; N2; N3; P1; P2; H2; L3||The Key Principles of Public Open Space|
|Easy to find your way around||91b; 127b||I1; M1; M2; U1||Legibility, Movement|
|Streets for all|
|Healthy streets||91b; 102c and e;110a-d||M1; M2; N3; P1; P2; P3; H1; H2||Transport and Active Travel | Essex Design Guide|
|Cycle and car parking||101e; 127f; 105d||B2; M1; M3||Cycle Facilities, Accommodating the car|
|Green and blue infrastructure||20s; 91b; 91c; 127f; 155; 170d; 174||C1; B3; M1; N1; N2; N3; P1; P3; H1; R3; L1||Green Infrastructure, Access to Open Green and Blue Spaces|
|Back of pavement, front of home||127a-b; d; f||M3; H3; L3||Successful Criteria for Public Open Spaces, Specific Feature Design Guidance
|Generally||7; 8; 124; 125; 126; 127; 130||15:16:17:20-29: 31-32||EDG and Manual for Streets, Streets and Roads
|Using the tool as a discussion tool||39; 40-42; 125; 128; 129|
Page updated: 25/08/2021