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Polnoon Masterplan: Idea to Design - Residential Streets Project

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6 qualities of a successful place

Six qualities of a successful place graphicDesigning Places, 2001

  • Distinctive
  • Welcoming
  • Easy to get to and move around
  • Safe and pleasant
  • Adaptable
  • Resource efficient

Six qualities of a successful place

By starting the design of this masterplan with the street and creating a shared surface layout, the following provides a quick analysis of Polnoon against the key questions that can be applied to any masterplan to gauge the extent to which it will create a successful place based on the six qualities in Designing Places.

Distinctive

Safe and pleasant

Welcoming

  • Will the development's landscapes, natural features, buildings, street patterns, spaces, skylines, building forms and materials be likely to enhance the sense of identity?

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  • Will the development have active frontages to streets?

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  • Will buildings and layout make it easy for people to find their way around?

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  • Will the masterplan help to create a place with distinctive character?

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  • Will all routes and public spaces be overlooked?

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  • Will new landmarks or gateways be created, helping people to find their way around?

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  • Are the proposed streets defined by a coherent and well-structured layout?

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  • Will the proposed uses encourage activity at all times of day?

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  • Will good use be made of views?

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  • Does the masterplan make the most of existing buildings, landscape and topography?

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  • Will the public and private spaces be clearly defined?

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  • Will the development provide (or be close to) community facilities, such as a school, park, play areas, shops, pubs or cafes?

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  • Is public space well designed and will suitable management arrangements be put in place?

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Note: This is a housing development which will be too small to provide facilities such as shops etc. but local residents will be able to enjoy the green network of amenity and recreational space.

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  • Will routes and spaces be safe?

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Ease of movement

Adaptable

Resource efficient

  • Will a network of continuous routes be created?

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  • Will there be a tenure mix that reflects the needs and aspirations of the local community?

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  • Will the development include a range of features that reduce its environmental impact and carbon footprint?

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  • Will areas with the highest densities be located where access to public transport is best?

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  • Will there be opportunities to make buildings and areas adaptable to a variety of future uses?

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  • Will the need for landforming be minimised?

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  • Will public transport facilities be well-connected and safe?

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  • Will internal spaces and layouts allow for adaptation, conversion or extension?

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  • Have significant natural features and other biodiversity been protected and intrusion minimised, as appropriate?

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  • Will public spaces, roads and footpaths be connected into well-used routes?

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  • Does the masterplan integrate and/or enhance surrounding habitats and landscape character?

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  • Will there be provision for and promotion of a range of transport options?

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  • Has the masterplan fully considered the natural hydrology of the area, including any permanent or ephemeral watercourses, and made provision so that these may be retained where possible?

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  • Will the building layout take priority over the roads and car parking, so that highways do not dominate?

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  • Have sustainable drainage systems been considered from the earliest stage?

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  • Will the streets be pedestrian, cycle and vehicle-friendly?

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  • Has waste been addressed - both in terms of collection and waste minimisation in construction? Can any of the sites existing materials, i.e. soil/rubble be re-used?

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  • Will car parking be well-integrated into the street scene?

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  • Will the orientation of buildings minimise energy use?

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  • Will the scheme integrate with existing roads, paths and surrounding development?

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  • Will buildings and spaces be adequately sheltered?

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  • Will public spaces and pedestrian routes be overlooked and feel safe?

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  • Will building materials be sourced from local or other sustainable sources?

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  • Will the development have easy access to public transport?

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  • Will development make use of advances in construction or technology that will enhance its energy performance, biodiversity value, quality and attractiveness?

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  • Has the masterplan considered green networks in and around the proposed development area, and made provisions to connect to these or enhance their value?

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  • Will buildings or spaces out-perform statutory minima, such as building regulations?

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  • Have opportunities been taken to incorporate biodiversity features (such as green roofs) into the fabric of the building and into the spaces between them?

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  • Will there be opportunities to improve habitats and support wildlife, both on the fabric of the buildings and in the spaces between?

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