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15 Minute Neighbourhoods

A recently published study shows that a local shop proves to be the most important neighbourhood amenity to residents in Oxfordshire.

Working with the Coalition for Healthy Streets and Active Travel (CoHSAT), Dr Brenda Boardman (Emeritus Research Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute) has surveyed 450 residents in Oxfordshire to understand what neighbourhood amenities are most important to them.

The concept of a 15-minute neighbourhood is that the amenities that are most important to you are within a 15-minute walk of your home. This is a developing concept and there is little evidence of what constitutes the 'most important amenities' for people in different localities. So CoHSAT conducted an online survey of 450 Oxfordshire residents to identify from a list of 19 basic amenities those that matter most to them, and those that are important but less vital.

The results will help to inform policy and assist in initiatives that make it more possible for basic amenities to be taken to people, rather than expecting people to travel to them, whether by car or expensive (and infrequent) bus. The effect would be a stronger community and less polluting car travel.

Download the PDF report findings here

Original source: Environmental change institute (ECI)


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