20-Minute Neighbourhoods


With lockdowns imposed across the globe forcing people to stay local, Covid-19 has put a magnifying glass over local infrastructure – in many cases exposing gaps and inequality. The result of this closer look has been renewed enthusiasm for the concept of 20-minute neighbourhoods (or 15-minute cities), local strategies centred on the principle that residents would have access to the services they need, such as workplaces, schools, shops, healthcare and leisure facilities, within a 20-minute walk from their home. In this bundle, we dive into the urban planning ideal to provide a local government perspective.


Towards the 20-minute neighbourhood: engaging children and young people in place-making

This briefing draws on a diverse range of international case studies to explore how local governments can work with children and young people to achieve healthier, sustainable and more inclusive neighbourhoods. Read the briefing.

International lessons from Melbourne’s 20-Minute Neighbourhoods

As the pandemic reduces travel and commuting and people look to their local areas to fulfil needs, the traditional structures of urban areas are called into question. Using case studies, this briefing examines the idea of the 20-minute neighbourhood. Read this briefing.

Towards creating a strategy for 20-minute neighbourhoods

So you want to implement a 20-minute neighbourhood strategy in your town or city – what next? This blog outlines the key requirements of a 20-minute neighbourhood before covering practical actions councils can take to formulate a strategy and start making changes. Read this blog.

Are we just around the corner with 20-minute neighbourhoods?

For many, the long commute to and from the office has been abandoned as Covid-19 has forced us to live, work and shop local. It is predicted this will result in profound and permanent lifestyles changes, accelerating shifts to a 20-minute neighbourhood model. In this blog, the changes and challenges to achieving 20-minute neighbourhoods are examined from a Scottish perspective. Read this blog.

Post-Covid cities: how might the pandemic change urban areas?

Cities have a long relationship with pandemics and a history of evolving in response to adverse events. Will Covid-19 change cities and towns? Will city dwellers flee cities for the suburbs, towns and countryside? Will cities become stronger, greener and more inclusive? Or will the recovery mean ‘business as usual’? Read this briefing.

Perspectives on the 20-minute neighbourhood – progress around the world

While the concept of the 20-minute neighbourhood has gained traction in recent years, where in the world has taken steps to achieve a practical application? This blog looks at global progress on achieving the model, looking at Melbourne, Paris, Seoul and more. Read this blog.

Making space for children and young people on the road to recovery: are 20-minute neighbourhoods the answer?

This briefing examines the mental and physical impacts of the pandemic on children and young people, explores the benefits the 20-minute neighbourhood could have on their health and wellbeing and highlights ways local authorities can include children and young people in planning practices. Read this briefing.