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Outer London identified as key region for 20-minute neighbourhoods

KFH has identified the top 10% of Outer London neighbourhoods based on amenity provision within a 20-minute walk. Ealing, Newham, Richmond and Haringey are the top boroughs in Outer London by areas with the largest number of walkable neighbourhoods. Croydon, Plaistow and Wood Green are examples of neighbourhoods where the most potential exists for an uplift in average house prices, when compared to borough averages.

The quality and convenience of local neighbourhoods took centre stage during the Covid-19 pandemic. The 20-minute neighbourhood concept, as well as the focus on the environment, is rising quickly in the minds of policymakers and the public worldwide. As such, Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward (KFH), one of London’s leading property services groups, explores the most amenity-rich and walkable communities in Outer London in a report titled ‘Pillars of the community’.

The report highlights the top 10% of neighbourhoods in Outer London based on amenity provision within a 20-minute walk, and the boroughs with the most walkable neighbourhoods. This independent analysis evaluated and ranked 470 neighbourhoods, listing the number of amenities within a 5, 10, 15 and 20-minute walk. For each, amenities were assessed by what is considered by planners to be an integral part of a 20-minute walkable neighbourhood, such as green spaces, schools, shops, restaurants, gyms and shared office spaces. 

Findings show that Upton Park was ranked as the number one neighbourhood in Outer London, having the most amenities and therefore being the most walkable. In terms of boroughs, Ealing (6), Newham (8), Richmond (3) and Haringey (6) are home to the highest number of walkable neighbourhoods by area in Outer London.

For Londoners, the connectivity between places (most commonly the Tube) across the Capital remains an important consideration. House price growth will be driven by well-connected neighbourhoods that can also offer quality amenities within a 20-minute walk. The Mayor of London is aiming for 80% of trips to be by cycle, foot or public transport by 2041.

In Outer London, the most potential exists for average sales prices to uplift in walkable neighbourhoods such as Croydon (21%), Plaistow (18%) and Wood Green (20%), when compared to the average prices in their respective boroughs.

John East, Land and New Homes Director at KFH, comments: “We continue to help landowners and developers optimise their schemes for their exit strategy. Sites with characteristics such as: within a regeneration area, within a walkable neighbourhood, close to green open space or well connected by tube, rail and cycle superhighway, will usually have the greatest potential. These projects will help to bring vacant properties back into use, protect cultural spaces and support high street employment.”

Read the report: Pillars of the community: London's 20 minute neighbourhoods

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