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Walkable communities and hybrid working set to stay

Home working, walkable towns and shopping locally are trends that will shape the future of our communities, according to new research.

The findings from Legal & General and Demos show that 79 per cent of those who worked from home during the pandemic wanted to continue to afterwards, for at least part of the time.

Respondents also said that access to fresh air, good local shops, supportive communities and pleasant streets have become more important to them because of the pandemic. Housing that meets needs, premises to support local jobs, and good transport services were also highlighted as having more importance post-pandemic.

Communities with places to live, work and relax all close by will be more in demand, with the research also showing that more people want to spend time and money in their local area.

The opportunity for hybrid working in a community that offers flexible working spaces with shops, cafes, schools and public open spaces, all within walking distance was at the heart of our vision for Tudeley Village pre-Covid. Now the pandemic has only served to reinforce the demand for healthier, happier and more cohesive communities.

The future function of our cities, towns and villages is poised to change forever.

If you study our masterplan for Tudeley Village, you’ll find generous open, green spaces alongside a good range of well-designed homes, with schools, a village centre and neighbourhood “hubs” offering the full scope of services and amenities close-by.

We are confident that the designs for Tudeley will shape a beautiful and vibrant community that residents and visitors can be proud of for generations to come.