Housing, Space & Environment


People benefit from being able to afford housing within their community.

How we measure it

  • Affordability

The average house price within the community on all residential properties sold over the previous three years, divided by the average household income of the community. A larger score demonstrates ‘less affordability’.

(Land Registry, ONS Income Estimates)


Higher counts of people per room suggest overcrowding and a shortage of suitably sized accommodation.

How we measure it:

  • Overcrowding

Proportion of households within the community that have more than one person per room.
(Census 2011, ONS)

Public green space

Green space encourages leisure activities and a sense of wellbeing.

How we measure it:

  • Prevalence of public green spaces

Proportion of the local land area given over to public green spaces.
(Ordnance Survey, Geolytix Physical Geography pack)

Public space

Spaces open to all are important in bringing people together.

How we measure it -

  • Distance to nearest community centre (m)
  • Distance to nearest playground (m)

Distance is measured from the outer boundary of the locale to the nearest public spaces, with a value of 0 if contained within the community

(Ordnance Survey, Geolytix Physical Geography pack)

Traffic pollution

Noise and air pollution have negative implications for wellbeing.

How we measure it -

  • HGV traffic
  • Total traffic count

The maximum count of both HGV and total traffic going through the community. High counts of traffic will result in higher levels of pollution.

(Office for Transport)

Air quality

Poor air quality can lead to health problems.

How we measure it -

  • The count of certain gases in the air

The count of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) and Particulate Matter (PM10) within the air.

(Consumer Data Research Centre)

How we measure wellbeing

Our research identified nine areas that matter for community wellbeing. These are grouped into People, Place and Relationships.


  • Education & Learning

    The availability of good, accessible, affordable services to help all ages make the most of education and learning opportunities.

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  • Health

    Access to good quality public, voluntary, and social care services that promote physical and mental health in the community.

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  • Economy, Work & Employment

    Services and infrastructure in place to promote a sustainable, ethical, inclusive economy that meets the needs of local people.

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  • Culture, heritage and leisure

    Access to affordable and inclusive cultural and leisure activities, services and amenities which celebrate the diverse histories of people in the community.

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  • Transport, mobility and connectivity

    Access to affordable and sustainable transport and communication networks for everyone, especially those with disabilities.

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  • Housing, Space & Environment

    Affordable, secure, quality housing, a safe and clean surrounding environment, and well-kept, accessible and inclusive public spaces for people of all ages.

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  • Relationships & Trust

    The state of family, social and community relationships and the impact of any breakdown in trust on issues like crime.

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  • Equality

    Equal and fair opportunities for everyone, regardless of ethnicity, religion, colour, age, ability, sexuality, gender, income etc. Services and infrastructure in place to promote equality, equity and fairness.

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  • Voice & Participation

    Democratic governance and decision-making mechanisms in place to allow people to express themselves and take either individual or collective action to improve the local community and beyond.

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