The links between access to attractive and safe public spaces and mental and physical health are becoming ever more apparent. The lack of such spaces can compound the problems which come with increasingly sedentary lifestyles. Moreover, communities with few or no safe and fun public spaces are more likely to be economically deprived ones, which already suffer from greater health inequalities.
The UK's Local Government Association has developed a guide which sets out the rationale for integrating health and spatial planning policy across a whole range of health issues, such as respiratory problems, obesity, mental health, and wellbeing and road safety. Also included are a number of case studies from across the UK.
See below to download the guide.