Planning for 15-minute centres: land use, connectivity and accessibility

Webinar: 09.30 - 11.00

20 May 2021


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People need access, not transport – and that means access to educational, economic, social and cultural opportunities.

When designing neighbourhoods, the aspiration should be for everyone to live within a short walk, cycle or scoot of such amenities and all basic facilities, for example significant green space and a transport hub for onward connections, when and if required.

For decades, planning has been about mobility: helping people get from point A to point B as quickly as possible. It’s been about ‘how far you can go’ in a given amount of time, rather than ‘how much you can get to’ in that time.

This webinar will explore how planning and land use frameworks can support proximity planning and so support the move to net zero:

  • a focus on access and people’s needs, not their speed of travel, especially now that working and living patterns have been significantly – and permanently – disrupted

  • will proximity planning prioritise efficiency – is this just another framework that values speed over access? How will it work equitably?

  • does the current planning framework support proximity planning? Are changes needed?

  • the relative cost of transport investments – pedestrians and cycling infrastructure is relatively cheap and represents excellent value

  • will the overall demand for travel will decline as key services and jobs become closer and more accessible?

  • will local town and centres replace urban cores as key? Evidence shows that demand has risen for green, multi-use neighbourhoods outside traditional business districts

Session Chair: Katie Hall, Transport Planning Sector Director, SYSTRA


Part 1: Implementation

Hélène Chartier, Head of Zero Carbon Development, C40 Cities
Matthew Carmona, Professor of Planning and Urban Design at The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London
Paul Clement, CEO, Ipswich Central

Part 2: Practice

Andrew Archer, Project Director, SYSTRA
Emily Walsh, Associate DirectorSYSTRA
Neill Birch, Director of Public Transport, SYSTRA

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