The Influence of Land Use Mix, Density and Urban Design on Health: A Critical Literature Review

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This review of the literature on the influence of land use mix, density and design on health has been commissioned by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health and the Scottish Health Impact Assessment Network. These organisations wish to develop a document that will provide practical guidance about the potential health impacts of planning decisions about layout and design. Similar guidance has already been produced addressing the health impact of greenspace
, the health impact of transport initiatives, and the health impact of housing improvements. The aims of the review were to build on an earlier review of the influence of the physical characteristics of urban neighbourhoods and health (Croucher et al, 2007), and to explore the health impacts of land use mix, in both urban and rural settings. The design features promoted in two design guides published by the Scottish Executive, Designing Places (Scottish Executive, 2008), and Designing Streets (Scottish Executive, 2010), were used as the starting point of the review.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationYork
PublisherCentre for Housing Policy, University of York
Number of pages54
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • land use
  • urban design
  • health
  • population density

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