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15-minute neighbourhood

15-minute neighbourhood - tell us what you think?

Published: 9 December 2021
Filed under: Choose Local

We want everyone who lives in the borough to be able to meet most, if not all of their needs within a short walk, using public transport or a short bike ride from their home to help them live a fulfilling and healthy life within their local area.

Watch our 15-minute neighbourhood film to find out; how we are achieving this and how you can get involved.

What is 15-minute neighbourhoods

15-minute neighbourhoods are a radical new way of shaping how communities work. It means everyone should have the things they need to lead a healthy and fulfilling life, including food shops, parks, GPs, gyms, schools, libraries, theatres and more, 15 minutes from home – whether walking, cycling or by public transport.

Waltham Forest Council has pioneered this approach in the UK, with developments around active travel, community hubs, libraries and cultural venues all serving the 15-minute neighbourhood vision.