What is a 20-minute neighbourhood?


Neighbourhoods are defined by the communities who live there and each will have unique expectations of the services and facilities they need.

This will also vary depending on the wider area, including topography and landscape, population density, economic status and location within the UK.

An important objective of the 20-minute neighbourhood concept is to better align spatial planning (i.e. what is in an area) with transport planning (transport infrastructure), to make it easier for people to walk, cycle and use public transport.

Both approaches should be underpinned by ensuring 20-minute neighbourhoods are designed to be inclusive and equitable.

In some cases services and amenities may be shared between neighbourhoods, depending on the density of the area.

One destination may be meeting the needs of a wide range of local communities.

This is especially the case in smaller towns and villages where amenities will not be as concentrated as a city.

20-minute neighbourhoods may be difficult to implement in extremely rural villages and public transport options between these villages will be essential.

But what about right here in Dunbar? Say you live on Lochend Road, exactly how far can you cycle in 10 minutes?

Source: Sustrans