Joanna Bagley guest-edits latest IEMA Impact Assessment Outlook Journal
Waterman is delighted that Joanna Bagley, a Senior Associate Director in our environmental team, was chosen to be the guest editor for the eighth volume of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment’s (IEMA’s) Impact Assessment Outlook Journal, which was launched last week and focusses on the topic of health impact assessment in planning.
This volume, created in partnership with the IEMA Impact Assessment Network Steering Group, explores the way in which consideration for people’s health may be better integrated into the planning system by implementing standalone Health Impact Assessments or by becoming an integral part of Environmental Impact Assessments.
In the Journal’s editorial, Joanna says: “Our living environments and lifestyles have long been known to impact our health and wellbeing and this has been brought into sharp focus by the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated restrictions. The planning system has a fundamental role to play in managing and enhancing the spaces and places within which we live and yet, the consideration of health within planning has to date been, at best, variable. Nevertheless, there is now a ground swell of support at a national and local level, for increased consideration of health and wellbeing within the planning system. Now is the time to capitalise on this support to promote consideration of health in planning and enhance practice.”
The journal is available to download here.
Launching both the Outlook Journal and Public Health England’s (PHE’s) guidance document on Health Impact Assessment in spatial planning, Joanna will be presenting at a joint PHE and IEMA webinar on 12 November.
If you would like to register for the webinar, please click here.