Public space

Public space includes streets, squares and parks, which are open and accessible to everyone.

Well-designed and managed public space is an integral part of the character, economy and uniqueness of a place. The quality of public space plays a major role in the economic, social and environmental sustainability of our communities.

The benefits of well-designed and managed public space include encouraging social interaction and community cohesion as well as a more outdoor lifestyle, reducing stress and adapting to a changing climate.

Public spaces are vital assets that will need to be designed and managed more flexibly in future.

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Public space advice

Browse our advice about planning and management for public space.

Public space examples

Lessons can be learned from examples of good practice across Europe and beyond. The design and management of public space in towns and cities with hotter and wetter climates than ours can provide useful lessons for adaptation to climate change.

Public space policy

The design and management of public spaces is influenced by a wide range of policies and duties for planning, transport, utilities and health.

Public space leadership for local authorities

Directors of service in planning, highway, transport, engineering and parks departments have a key role in public space design and management through the spatial planning of public space across their sectors and disciplines.

Public space benefits

Well designed and managed public space encourages social interaction, physical activity, play and local pride of place.

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