Published: 15th Mar 2011

As the latest shake-up of the planning system slowly begins to take shape, the idea of the ‘neighbourhood’ as a hub of civic activity is becoming increasingly central to the government’s vision. But does the everyday experience of the neighbourhood match up to this ambitious ideal? Living Streets has published new YouGov research indicating that more than a quarter (28%) of British residents say they feel isolated, or have a friend or loved one who does, because of difficulty accessing basic amenities including libraries, shops selling fresh food, post offices, banks and pubs on foot. Nearly half (47%) of those over the age of 55 cannot walk to their nearest GP, with more than half (58%) unable to walk to their nearest bank. This is an urban and suburban problem as well as a rural one – we’ve had stories sent in from all over the country. As Viv from … (To read the full article, subscribe below)