The places in which we live, play, work and age matter to our lives.

They provide the framework in which we move through life, contributing to our health and wellbeing as a wider determinant of health.

The design of these spaces influences how easy it is to be active, what access to nourishing spaces we have, our opportunities for social interaction and joy, as well as the health and sustainability of our planet.

How we work towards a built environment that is healthier and more active is important: the process of creating spaces impacts how we feel about where we live; how we adapt places that are already built matters to our communities; and how we care for these spaces contributes to how we can use them throughout our lives.  

The quality of our homes and neighbourhoods is important, to us individually but also as a society as we work towards a fairer Greater Manchester.

Studies have shown that our homes and neighbourhoods can contribute as much as 29% to the health inequalities that we see and can mean as much as a 19-year difference in life expectancies.

There is growing understanding of the importance of good design, holistic thinking about our spaces, and the role these play in contributing to active lives, creating health and wealth for the region and a more sustainable future.

This is being reflected in policy changes and a growing public and political appetite to change the way we design, plan and treat our streets, buildings and public spaces.

We want to support the efforts to put our health and happiness back into the heart of Greater Manchester’s built environment.

Healthy, active places principles​

To help us envisage the future we're working towards, we have pulled together a set of healthy and active design principles. ​

Learn more

​Right to the Streets Project - Trafford ​

Using the Home Office Safer Streets Fund, the Right to the Streets project in Trafford explores ways to make streets and public spaces safer and more welcoming for women and girls, enabling them to feel a sense of belonging in their community and able to live active lives. 

Read more on the Right to the Streets project here and how you can get involved. 

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Child-friendly public spaces as "cultural norm" needs national level support

By GM Moving | 07 February 2024

The Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Committee launched an inquiry back in November to look at how better planning could enhance the children's health and wellbeing.

Healthy Active Place Principles: Everyday Moving

By Kelly-Marie Rodgers, Strategic Lead - Healthy, Active Places | 28 March 2023

Creating the conditions for a cultural shift to make moving a part of every day for all.

Dame Sarah Storey visits School Street in Manchester

By Transport for Greater Manchester | 13 March 2023

An active travel zone in south Manchester is enabling children and parents to safely walk and wheel to and from their primary school.