Whyndyke Garden Village
A local partnership won a bid to develop one of ten national NHS England ‘Healthy New Towns’ in March 2016. A local planned residential development of 1400 houses on the outskirts of Blackpool (90% in Fylde district) is to be designed to encourage healthy living and innovation. This is a long-term 15-20 year development. Lancaster University is a strategic partner in this exciting initiative. The linkage between the Healthy New Town and the Health Innovation Campus is being explored.
Phase 1 of this project to set a clear vision and plan for the development. A board and steering group are meeting regularly and various engagement workshops have taken place. These have brought together a wide group of stakeholders to develop the vision and further scope ideas for the five work streams including:
- Developing the model of healthcare provision including links with implementation of New Models of Care for the local Fylde Coast Vanguard
- Pushing the telehealth agenda including links to the Test Bed, Lancaster University Health Innovation Campus and future proofing homes for digital health
- Developing ‘healthy’ community facilities including a healthy free school, incorporating co-location with other services and healthcare provision
- Encouraging physical activity including infrastructure to reduce reliance on cars, footpaths, cycle paths, use of green spaces and sports facilities for all
- Dementia-friendly home and community drawing on cutting-edge technology and design. This includes development of lifetime homes.
Task and Finish Groups or other workshops are meeting to develop a master plan by the end of the year. Consideration is also being given to evaluating the initiative with support from Lancaster University.