COVID-19 has caused us all to question the liveability of place – in terms of where we live, where we work and where we relax and unwind. The idea of the '20-minute neighbourhood', ‘15-minute city’ and ‘10-minute town’ has grown with interest around the world. As a way of thinking differently about places, planning for compact growth, and building sustainable and resilient communities, the concept aims to better align spatial planning with transport planning and issues of sustainability, connectivity and accessibility – thus making it easier for people to 'live locally' and to walk, cycle and use public transport. There is a growing body of evidence that active, connected places that promote walkability produce a wealth of health, social, economic and environmental benefits. Its multiple benefits include boosting local economies, improving people’s health and wellbeing, and increasing social connections in communities. It also plays a role in tackling climate change.
While the fundamental tenets of the 20/15/10 minute place are not necessarily new concepts in planning, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided spatial planning policy and practice with an opportunity to play a critical and proactive role in supporting post-COVID recovery and reinventing our places. This webinar aims to outline some case studies where the 20/15/10 minute place is being actively promoted by local and/or regional government. It will examine key considerations in its incorporation into urban planning strategies and its practical, place-based delivery.
Mr. Padraig Maguire, Senior Planner, Meath County Council & Executive Director, ICLRD
Welcome from ICLRD Chair
Ms. Mary MacIntyre OBE
Mr. Ian Gilzean, Chief Architect, Planning & Architecture, Scottish Government
Ms. Nollaig Whyte, Senior Executive Office – Regeneration Unit, Roscommon County Council
Ms. Rose Power, EU Projects Office, Southern Regional Assembly