If you’re new to the area, you can ask your housebuilder or any neighbours who have already moved in about any nearby amenities. Some information will be provided on the builder’s website and brochures, but you should always double check that it’s correct.
If it says the nearest train station is a ten-minute walk away and this is important to you, why not try the route for yourself. If you’re going to be commuting by car, go on a dummy run.
It can be worth visiting the area at different times of the day to see how busy the roads are. You could use Rightmove’s school checker to find out if you’re in the catchment area for good schools and spend time exploring the local parks, libraries, shops and sport centres.