There is a range of evidence and data that can be found from a variety of sources, including local public health teams and local authorities. This data will assist the development of plans, design spaces and create healthy places. This can include data from various sources such as:

The following dropdown tables set out links to relevant evidence and data, this is not an exhaustive list.

Further knowledge and evidence can be found here 

Population Data
Title Description Resources
Data Map Wales (Welsh Government)

Public sector data and maps (geographical information and associated services)

Home | DataMapWales (

Office for National Statistics

Population statistics (Census, employment rates, population trends etc)

Home – Office for National Statistics (

Stats Wales (Welsh Government)

Official data for Wales (including education, health and social care, population and migration and environment)

Catalogue (

Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (Welsh Government)

Measures of deprivation for small areas in Wales

Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation | GOV.WALES

Well-Being Future Generations Future Trends (Welsh Government)

Report on future trends in 4 key areas:

  • People and Population
  • Inequalities
  • Planetary Health and Limits
  • Technology

Future Trends: 2021 | GOV.WALES

Well-Being Future Generations National Indicators (Welsh Government)

Data and summaries for each of the national well-being indicators

Wellbeing of Wales: national indicators | GOV.WALES

National Survey for Wales (Welsh Government)

National population survey on a wide range of topics including well-being, finance, housing, sports and culture

National Survey for Wales | GOV.WALES

Data Cymru (WLGA)

Provides access to a wide range of data and support to use data and research

Home – Data Cymru

Nomis (ONS)

Employment and labour market statistics

Nomis – Official Labour Market Statistics (

Health Data
Title Description Resources
Public Health Observatory – Health in Wales (Public Health Wales)

Population health outcome data (life expectancy, chronic conditions, lifestyle behaviours, mental well-being etc)

Data and analysis – Public Health Wales (

Child Measurement Programme Data (Public Health Wales)

Measurements of height and weight of children in Reception year. Key measure of childhood obesity and overweight.

Child Measurement Programme – Public Health Wales (

Public health data (Public Health Wales)

Public health data on a range of topics (screening, immunisations, diseases and infections, cancer etc)

Data – Public Health Wales (

Environmental Data
Title Description Resources
Natural Resources Wales

Wales environmental information portal (flood, air quality, habitat etc)
State of Natural Resources report & Area Statements

Wales Environmental Information Portal (

Natural Resources Wales / State of Natural Resources Report (SoNaRR) for Wales 2020

Natural Resources Wales / Area Statements

Public Health environmental data (Public Health Wales)

Environmental Health information to support health boards when commenting on planning applications or permissions

Environmental data for planning applications 2019 (

Planning and Health (Environment and Population) Evidence and Toolkits
Title Description Resources
Creating healthier places and spaces for our future generations (Public Health Wales)

Summary of evidence around six priority areas of the natural and built environment an impact on health

Creating healthier places

Building Better Places (Welsh Government)

Planning system delivering resilient and brighter futures: placemaking and COVID-19 recovery

Building Better Places

Spatial planning for health evidence Review (Public Health England)

Review provides public health planners and local communities with evidence informed principles for designing healthy places

Spatial planning for health: evidence review – GOV.UK (

Spatial planning and health – getting research into practice (GRIP) (Public Health England)

Study exploring opportunities and challenges of applying the principles of ‘Spatial Planning for Health’

Spatial planning and health: Getting Research into Practice (GRIP) – GOV.UK (

Dementia and town planning (RTPI)

Practice note on how town planning can work with other professionals to create better environments for people living with dementia

RTPI | Dementia and Town Planning

Planning and enabling healthy environments: incorporating a template for planning policy (Public Health Wales)

Promotes a better understanding of the broader environmental and social barriers that impact on health, well-being and inequalities. Includes an SPG template

Planning and enabling healthy environments

Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Local Development Plans (LDPs): a Toolkit for Practice (Public Health Wales)

Toolkit to support the use of HIAs in the development of LDPs

Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Local Development Plans (LDPs): A Toolkit for Practice

Local Wellbeing Plans and assessments (Public Service Boards, Welsh Government)

Well-being assessments set out how PSBs will meet responsibilities under the Well-being of Future Generations Act

Public Services Boards | GOV.WALES

Nature Recovery Action Plan (Welsh Government)

Strategy for nature sets out commitment to reversing loss of biodiversity in Wales

Nature recovery action plan | GOV.WALES

Welsh Information for Nature Based Solutions (WINS) (Natural Resources Wales)

Mapping tool for areas of deprivation to identify opportunities for targeting flooding / noise pollution etc. Data can be used by LAs and developers

Welsh Information for Nature-based Solutions (WINS) (

Green Infrastructure Valuation Toolkit (Ecosystems Knowledge Network)

A set of calculator tools to assess the value of a green asset or proposed green investment

Green Infrastructure Valuation Toolkit (GI-Val) | Ecosystems Knowledge Network

Sustainable Development Goals (United Nations)

17 sustainable development goals

THE 17 GOALS | Sustainable Development (

National social value measurement framework for Wales (National Social Value Taskforce)

Action based framework to enable assessment of social value contribution to the Well-being Act

National TOMs: Wales — National Social Value Taskforce