Improving health should not just occur on an individual level but also on a community level as well. Action is required throughout the community and through the work and living environment. Current evidence shows that the physical, social and economic environments for which planners are responsible for interact and can influence physical and mental health and help to reduce inequalities.


Links between planning and health are significant and include:

  • Transport and accessibility to amenities including health food and restrictive policies on hot food takeaway locations
  • Economy and job opportunities
  • Built and natural environment to include open and green spaces and opportunities for physical activity (such as: cycle tracks, green gyms and measured miles)
  • Community interaction, engagement and partnership working
  • Safety and security
  • Air quality and noise
  • Health care services


Planning and Health guidance documents:


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Further information about links between planning and health is available from: