Are 15-minute neighbourhoods where people can meet most of their daily needs within a 15-minute walk or cycle ride from home the future of urban living?
The Greater London Authority and Lewisham Council have commissioned a team from Muf architecture/art to deliver a development strategy for the A21, the busy main road that runs south from Lewisham town centre to Ladywell, Catford and Bromley.
The aim of the strategy is to set out an approach for how and where much-needed housing and genuinely affordable housing can be built along the length of the A21.
But as well as planning for new housing, the strategy will also identify opportunities for environmental, town centre and transport improvements.
The Muf team will focus on the quality of the public realm – including air quality, safer and better cycling and walking routes, improved road crossings, and increased greening of neighbourhoods.
It will also look at improving public transport, better community facilities, particularly for older and younger residents, and increasing access to cultural activities.
The aim is to see how some of these issues can be tackled using the idea of a 15-minute neighbourhood.
This is a neighbourhood that offers quick access to all the sorts of places we use most frequently – shops and cafes, places to have a night out with friends, GP surgeries, schools, parks, and the transport links needed to travel to work..
To find out more about how the 15-minute Neighbourhood approach is being used to inform the A21 Development Strategy you are invited to attend two public online workshops where the design team will be present to take questions and suggestions.
These workshops will be held on Tuesday December 8 7.00 until 9.00pm and Thursday December 10 from 1.00 until 3.00pm.
You can comment on the strategy and how it is relevant to your neighbourhood by visiting: https://lewishama21developmentstrategy.commonplace.is/