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New Active Design guidance published

The guidance encourages planners and designers to create active environments

Sport England has updated its guidance on how urban design can help people to lead more physically active and healthy lives.

Now in its third iteration, the Active Design guidance has been developed with planners, urban designers and developers in mind, and is centred around a foundational principle of ‘activity for all’.

Produced to help create ‘active environments’, the guide includes 10 principles which sit across three themes; supporting active travel; active, high-quality places and spaces; and creating and maintaining activity.

Sport England chair, Chris Boardman, said: “Creating places and spaces that both enable and entice us to move more in our every day lives, benefits us in so many ways – from saving money on travel to giving children transport independence, both of which will create healthier communities which, in turn, reduce the strain on the NHS.

“But we will only move more on a regular basis if it’s easy, attractive and safe. How to create an environment that enables that, is exactly what this guide is about.

“Enabling activity in our neighbourhoods is the core focus of the Active Design Guide but to be truly transformative for a nation, we need to extend the principles, so people can get to schools, shops and workplaces a bit further away, under their own steam.

“Sport England has worked closely with Active Travel England, so this vision can be delivered by future-thinking authorities and developers, passionate about designing wonderful places to live, that will stand the test of time.”

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