Density and Health/Wellbeing

If designed appropriately higher density developments provide opportunities to tackle some of the negative connotations associated with higher density development. Isolation, loneliness, mental and physical health are usually linked to high density developments. The health and wellbeing guidance within the Essex Design Guide provide guidance on how to recognise the positive characteristics and qualities of the environment can promote healthier lifestyles, support preventing poor health and encourage inclusivity and accessibility whilst reducing health inequalities.

To further support this theme, the 2008 Essex Planning Officers’ Association Health Impact Assessment guide has been updated and now includes the wider Essex Healthier Places guidance which gives more in-depth information on what needs to be considered when looking at health, wellbeing and the environment. Embedded throughout all documents are the Sport England Active Design Principles which are a key element that should underpin all new development across Essex and Southend.

The Essex Healthier Places Guidance has been divided into specific sections relating to health and wellbeing. [See link]

Page updated: 12/01/2021

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