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HEALTH-INTEGRATED SPATIAL PLANNING: SANDNES . 37 • promoting safe, stable and challenging conditions in which children can grow up; • providing good and safe community environments; • encouraging activities and experiences in the natural environment; and • promoting safety and accident prevention. Prospects and conclusions The most important result in the attempt to implement healthy urban planning in Sandnes is that health and environmental protection are now fully integrated as a main topic for Sandnes’ further work with urban development and provision of services.

Managing children’s informal play and moving areas improves children’s quality of life and makes them identify with the local neighbourhood and thereby improves their well-being and health. Children’s trails registration is now considered and evaluated as a permanent routine in all spatial planning processes. Municipal and private planners proposing local development plans are strongly requested to use the mapped information from the project in their planning, to take into account and possibly include in their plans informal children’s paths and play areas.

The regional level influences local planning through county plans that include the public transport system, land use and retail trade and industrial development. National and regional bodies more strongly influence local community planning and development than in many other countries through directives and regulations that are often very detailed. Sandnes as a healthy city Sandnes joined the WHO European Healthy Cities Network in 1991, at first as an integrated part of the municipal administration, and later in 1994 as a separate Healthy City Office.

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