Comparing the 20 Minute Neighbourhood and Traditional Scenarios in Edinburgh Local Development Plan

The Covid19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of local places for people’s health and wellbeing. Spatial planning policy shapes local neighbourhoods, with significant impacts on the health and wellbeing of both current and future residents. This paper reports key impacts of two different options for spatial planning policy: the traditional approach and a 20-minute neighbourhood approach. It presents potential impacts of each scenario on the wellbeing of people and planet and summarises the key issues, recommendations and research questions. The report is the result of two workshops held in August 2020 to consider the impacts of the two contrasting planning scenarios on different populations, on Place and Health Themes defined in the Place Standard and on the Scottish National Outcomes.

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