The future of suburban living

3 minute read
11 June 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the way we live our lives on so many levels. As a result, the idea of suburban resurgence is more topical than ever before.

We've taken a closer look at what this could mean for infrastructure, green spaces, housing and planning - looking at what this might mean for how we live in the future.

Infographic with the title of Future of Suburbia. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the way we live our lives on so many levels. As a result, the idea of suburban resurgence is more topical than ever before. We've taken a closer look at what this could mean for infrastructure, green spaces, housing and planning - looking
at what this might mean for how we live in the future. Mobility hubs - We are moving in
new ways and these spaces combine public transport, e-scooter hire,
electric vehicle charging points, bike racks and shared taxi rides - all in one convenient place. Access to core services - In a 15-minute city model, local health support could be just minutes from your front door. Houses with green space - With more people potentially moving away from densely populated areas, houses with more outdoor green space could be in high demand. Regional planning - Regional planning
will become vital to ensure residents have access to key services and the
local infrastructure is appropriately equipped. Community gardens - The Royal Horticultural Society reported that demand for allotments has ‘gone through the roof' during the pandemic, particularly in the suburbs. Community gardens and
allotments promote health and wellbeing, as well as offering communities the chance to grow their own produce. Retail - Changing consumer behaviour could see a shift in retail from city centre locations to local high streets. In a recent Deloitte survey,
57% of consumers said they would be more likely to spend money at a business that
offers locally produced products, once the lockdown had been lifted. Towpaths and waterways - Towpath usage in many urban residential areas across England increased
significantly throughout the pandemic. Our waterways and towpaths could provide
a sustainable transport network, as well as support people's need to be closer to nature. green spaces and parks - With the majority of people spending more time outside since the pandemic, access to nature will be more important than ever. The suburban
resurgence will see planning for more public and green spaces for people to enjoy.

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