The 20-minute sustainable neighbourhood 

Tuesday 15 March 2022 14:15-15:00

Invest Newcastle, Stand C19.C

As more people have transitioned to a hybrid working lifestyle, there has been a revaluation on how we live, work, and play in town and cities across the world. There is now a growing movement towards creating more sustainable neighbourhoods where people’s daily needs can be met within a short walk or cycle.

The benefits to this are significant., People become more active leading to improvements to mental and physical health. There’s a reduction in traffic resulting in better air quality. Local shops and businesses thrive, and community bonds are strengthened through greater interaction.

This panel will explore the concept of the ’20-minute neighbourhood’ – in reference to a vision that all key amenities should be accessible within a 20-minute walk. The speakers will discuss its ability to transform places and the role of the private sector in making it a reality in global cities such as Slovenia and Ljubjlana.

The principle is a key component in Newcastle’s bid to become one of Europe’s climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030, and already lives within the 2021-23 plan for the city. It not all about interventions of the public sector, what role can the private sector play?

How can planning policy better align to the needs of a 20-minute city – which will drive better local decisions and deliver a better quality of life for residents in communities. Join us to learn more and find out how we can better enable its delivery to our towns and cities, beginning at the planning stage.

Key speakers:

• Phil Redman | Area Director, Mott MacDonald

• Michelle Percy | Director of Place, Newcastle City Council

• Simon Allford | President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

• Miran Gasjek | Head of Department for Urban Planning, Spirit Slovenia

Sponsored by: Mott MacDonald

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