The team behind delivering the Healthy New Town programme to Whitehill & Bordon has won a prestigious award for its innovative and excellent partnership work.
The project brought together many organisations, authorities and community groups to work together for the first time.
On Tuesday night its success was recognised by a Planning Award, a national scheme run by Planning Magazine. Judges commended the programme as a “very good example of partnership working, which is delivering long-term benefits for the community”.
In March 2016 Whitehill & Bordon was one of ten towns across the country selected by NHS England to take part in the Healthy New Towns programme to show how towns can be designed to help residents live healthy, active and independent lifestyles.
More than 20 organisations, including developers, NHS managers, planners, public health professionals, schools, third-sector organisations and community groups, have joined forces to help realise this vision.
The Planning Awards celebrate excellence in planning and placemaking, including planning-related activities such as urban design, economic development and regeneration.
Cllr Ferris Cowper, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Whitehill & Bordon, said: “This is a fantastic award and reflects the breadth and variety of the partnerships we have forged to improve the lives of Whitehill & Bordon residents.
“Public, private and third sector organisations that don’t normally work together have learnt to speak each other’s language and understand each other’s priorities to deliver this enormously complex and innovative programme.
“I’m incredibly proud of the amazing work we have achieved through the Healthy New Towns Programme which will leave a lasting legacy of benefits.”
The Healthy New Town programme helps the town make it is easy for people to be healthy, active and independent and get the care they need in the right place and at the right time.
Councillor Judith Grajewski, Executive Member for Public Health at Hampshire County Council, said: “We are immensely proud to be part of the work done by the Whitehill and Bordon Healthy New Towns partnership which supports people to be active, to build healthy communities and reduce social isolation.”
Sara Tiller, Managing Director for NHS South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I am delighted that our partnership work to improve the health and wellbeing of those living, both now and in the future, in Whitehill & Bordon has been recognised through this award.
“Working together and using our skills across the partnership has meant we have been able to work with the community to support them to introduce the things that they think are important and will make a difference to their health and wellbeing. This approach will make a big impact and help local people be healthy, active and independent.”
Ralph Facey, Radian’s Executive Director of Partnerships and Projects said: “Radian are thrilled to be part of the award-winning Healthy New Town programme. We’re very proud of the health, empowerment and employment outcomes we have delivered from Café 1759 at Quebec Park with activities such as our social prescribing pilot with the NHS, food academy, health drop-ins and our volunteering placements, as well other community projects that we’ve developed with partners locally. This award is testament to the enthusiasm and expertise of the partnership – which has undoubtedly made a positive difference to the Whitehill and Bordon community. We look forward to continuing to collaborate on initiatives to improve outcomes for residents in the future.”
James Child, project lead for the Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company, says: “To deliver a project of such a large scale relies on strong partnerships. The regeneration is moving at pace and that is thanks to the collaborative and thoughtful approach taken by Hampshire County Council, East Hampshire District Council, Homes England and the Enterprise M3 LEP in all aspects of the project.”