A collaborative approach to planning to support the health, physical activity and wellbeing of our residents.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) identifies a clear role of the planning system to support strong, vibrant and healthy communities with accessible local services that reflext the community's needs and support its health, social and cultural wellbeing.

We must recognise our built environment plays a crucial role in influencing our lives and what we do now can have profound impact on the lives of our communities for generations to come.

This resource is the result of collaboration across Leicester and Leicestershire - including Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport, the District and Borough Councils of Leicestershire, Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council and other key partners - to support the improvement of health and physical activity outcomes through the planning system.

Content is delivered to be relevant to a range of users including planning policy and development management officers, public health consultants, urban designers and developers to provide guidance on how to plan and progress development in a way which delivers upon the social role of planning and seeks to provide positive outcomes for residents of Leicester and Leicestershire.

This resource can be accessed via the four central functions:

  • Core guidance.
    Themed principles, requirements, recommendations and case studies which provide a steer to help shape the built environment to maximise the positive health and physical activity benefits.
  • The library.
    A collection of key guidance documents and evidence relating to health and physical activity within the planning system.
  • Latest news.
    Regular updates and articles on health and physical activity within the built environment from local and national sources.
  • Health Impact Assessment (HIA) information.
    Information on how this guidance connects with and compliments the HIA process.


  • Harborough LSA
    Sport England
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth
    Active Partnerships
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Active Oadby and Wigston
    Blaby LSA
    Melton LSA
    Active Rutland
  • Active Leicester
    Charnwood LSA
    Equality Standard


  • Active Hinckley and Bosworth
    Blaby LSA
    Active Oadby and Wigston
  • Sport England
    Equality Standard
  • Active Rutland
    Active Leicester
  • Active Partnerships
    Charnwood LSA
  • Safeguarding
    Melton LSA
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Harborough LSA