Health impact assessment in spatial planning in England –types of application and quality of documentation

Fischer, Thomas B ORCID: 0000-0003-1436-1221, Muthoora, Tara ORCID: 0000-0001-5178-312X, Chang, Michael and Sharpe, Carolyn
(2021) Health impact assessment in spatial planning in England –types of application and quality of documentation. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 90. p. 106631.

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Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a decision support approach which is applied in various shapes and forms throughout the world. In England, amongst a range of areas of application, HIA is applied in local (spatial) plan making and project development planning. Whilst various authors have reflected on HIA practice in England, the extent of application and its quality has remained unclear. This paper aims at addressing this gap by reporting on the results of a systematic review of HIA in planning. It is found that between 100 and 200 HIAs are likely being produced each year in England. Whilst most assessments are rapid (desk based), there are also examples of comprehensive and intermediate HIAs, where a participatory procedural approach is followed. An important finding is that those HIAs applied within the context of other assessments (integrated impact assessment -IIA, strategic environmental assessment - SEA/ sustainability appraisal -SA and environmental impact assessment – EIA) tend to be of a higher quality than standalone HIAs, mainly because of the existing comprehensive statutory procedural requirements for these other assessments into which HIA can be integrated.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health impact assessment, Spatial planning, Integrated impact assessment, Strategic environmental assessment, Sustainability appraisal, Environmental impact assessment
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2021 11:05
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 21:37
DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2021.106631
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