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Urban veg: creating cities which support veg consumption through public procurement and planning

Urban veg: creating cities which support veg consumption through public procurement and planning


This workstream is focusing on the different ways in which Local Authorities and City Councils can make it easier for people to eat veg.  It will specifically consider the role of public procurement of food for schools, hospitals, leisure centres and other public places and the role of planning instruments including business rates, byelaws, community interest levies, meanwhile spaces and zoning.


  1. To explore the range of existing instruments which are being tested to support healthier urban food environments are being tried in the UK and abroad by public authorities
  2. To co-create commitments which could be made by businesses or public policy makers to scale up effective models or pilot new approaches in the June summit.
  3. To identify any longer term actions which need to be made beyond June.
  4. To contribute to a Briefing paper on the workstream which will be published in advance of the summit.

This workstream will be co-chaired by:

Katie Palmer, Sustainable Food Cities Co-ordinator and Peas Please project board member

Leon Ballin, Grow Sheffield
Sustainable Food Cities

 Ways of working

  1. A draft briefing paper will be prepared by the project team and circulated in mid January. The paper will provide evidence on the nature of the challenge, identify examples of innovation and provide tentative language on a commitment for the summit.
  2. The workstream members will meet on February 10th where they will discuss the challenge in detail, identify critical barriers to action, consider and refine / revise the draft language on commitments. The discussion will take place under Chatham House Rules (membership of the group is known but comments are not attributed to any specific member).  The notes of the workstream meeting will be published on the Peas Please website by end February. All discussions will be at the pre-competitive level.
  3. The workstream could commission additional factfinding from the project team, or agree they need another face to face meeting or agree other actions necessary to refine the commitment before end March.
  4. The workstream members will provide comments on the draft briefing paper produced by the project team so this can be finalised in advance of the summit.
  5. Workstream members will be encouraged, where relevant to discuss the commitment within their own business / organisation with a view to committing at the summit. They will also be asked to help build support from other similar businesses or provide advice to the project team on this.

To view the full terms of reference click here.


If you are interested in joining this workstream or supporting the Peas Please project, please sign up HERE.