Health Promotion's Urban Planning 4 Health (UP4Health) project aims to increase physical activity, healthy eating and social interaction by advocating for the planning, design, development and management of healthy urban (built) environments.



Have a look at our latest submissions on local and state documents and plans:

Type Our Latest SubmissionsDocuments
​Planpdf icon​NSLHD Submission on the NSW Draft Future Transport Strategy 2056web link
​Actpdf iconNSLHD Submission to the Review of the draft Environmental Planning and Assessment Bill 2017web link
​Planpdf iconNSLHD Submission on the North District Planweb link
​Planpdf iconNSLHD response to Draft Education and Childcare SEPP - schoolsweb link
​Planpdf iconNSLHD Submission Hornsby Parkland Projectweb link
​Syllabuspdf iconSubmission: Draft K-10 PDHPE Syllabus
​Proposalpdf icon​Submission: Warringah Clearway Proposalweb link
​Planpdf iconSubmission: Draft Ingleside Precinct Structure Planweb link
​Planpdf iconSubmission: Draft Hospital Precinct Structure Plan (Frenchs Forest)web link
​Planpdf iconNSLHD Submission: South Dural Planning Proposal
​Supportpdf iconNSLHD letter of Support: City of Ryde Skate Facility
​Development Applicationpdf iconNSLHD Submission: St.Leonards Plaza Precinct
​Planpdf icon​NSLHD Submission: Draft Mona Vale Place Planweb link
​Concept Designpdf iconNSLHD Submission: Inclusive Playground, St. Ives Showgroundweb link
​Development Applicationpdf iconNSLHD Submission: LDA 2016/0378 - 152-190 Rowe St, 3-5 Rutledge St Eastwood
​Development Applicationpdf icon​NSLHD Submission: DA-2014/445/C, Hercules St, Albert Ave, Victoria Ave, Chatswoodweb link


The Evidence 

Up4Health is underpinned by a growing body of evidence which shows a strong relationship between the built environment and people's health.

The UNSW Healthy Built Environments Program (HBEP) Literature Review identifies three key built environment domains that support human health.

The built environment can:

  1. Support physical activity
  2. Connect and strengthen communities
  3. Provide equitable access to healthy food.

The project team review key planning and development policies and proposals and submit comments and recommendations. These submissions aim to increase the adoption of healthy planning principles and thus help create environments supportive of an active, healthy lifestyle.


Urban Planning 4 Health Guide

To support this activity the service developed the Up4Health Guide. This document provides:

  • a summary of the key areas that can be influenced in development proposals
  • key recommendations for letters of submissions
  • links to other documents and publications from which further information can be obtained.

UP4Health: Urban Planning 4 Health: A Guide for NSCC Population Health


Further Resources

Healthy Urban Checklist

The NSW Ministry of Health's Healthy Urban Checklist helps users provide valuable feedback to local councils and other agencies on health issues, in relation to urban development plans and proposals.

Healthy Urban Development Checklist

Integrated Planning and Reporting


The NSW Premier's Council on Active Living has developed a guide to provide guidance to councils (and other interested parties) on how they can promote community health and well-being by addressing active living and healthy eating principles and practices, as they implement, monitor and review their Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) frameworks.

The full web resource is available at: www.nswpcalipr.com.au


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