October 2015. Astell-Burt T, Feng X.

This Evidence Check Review aimed to synthesise existing evidence on the relationship between the built environment and wellbeing. Overall, the evidence base was limited and the study designs used did not enable definitive conclusions to be drawn. The available evidence suggests that wellbeing is supported by well-maintained neighbourhoods and areas within walking distance which allow people to interact, such as large areas of green space and community centres. Evidence for how the built environment influences wellbeing through increased physical activity and social capital was weak. There was insufficient evidence regarding the role of socioeconomic status.