Housing Design Quality: Through Policy, Guidance, and Review

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Taylor & Francis, 2001 - Architecture - 349 pages
This book directly addresses the major planning debate of our time - the delivery and quality of new housing development. As pressure for new housing development in England increases, a widespread desire to improve the design of the resulting residential environments becomes evermore apparent with increasing condemnation of the standard products of the volume housebuilders.
In recent years central government has come to accept the need to deliver higher quality living environments, and the important role of the planning system in helping to raise design standards. Housing Design Quality focuses on this role and in particular on how the various policy instruments available to public authorities can be used in a positive manner to deliver higher quality residential developments.
 

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Contents

Housing design quality and control the need for research
Residential design control a research gap
3
Conclusions
7
Essex County Council the new Essex guide
8
Residential design control history and government guidance up to 1997
13
The historical context for controlling residential design
14
Government guidance and advice on residential design in England March 1992 to February 1997
32
Conclusions
44
Countrywide survey of residential design guidance
203
design criteria and guidance hierarchy
208
guidance types analytical basis prescription and regional emphasis
220
Conclusions
236
Manchester City Council Hulme the design code approach
238
Innovation in the control of residential design
242
The innovative case study authorities
244
Wider practitioner discussion
257

Suffolk County Council a new generation guide
45
The design debate and a new framework for control
49
A new framework for control
64
Conclusions
72
Cotswold District Council advocating a Cotswold style
74
The speculative house product and process
79
Perspectives on the speculative residential product
80
The speculative residential process housebuilders and buyers
92
Conclusions
120
North Norfolk District Council guiding negotiation
123
The fundamentals of controlling design
127
Conclusions
160
Dacorum Borough Council the character area approach
162
Current practice and innovation in control
168
Bridging the professional divide
170
A new consensus
172
Conclusions
192
London Borough of Harrow achieving suburban distinctiveness
195
Residential design policy and guidance a snapshot of practice in the 1990s
200
Conclusions
265
Wycombe District Council development briefing for housing
267
The challenge for control
272
An agenda for delivering housing quality
274
Conclusions
290
West Dorset District Council the footprint solution
295
Towards a residential renaissance
299
Places Streets and Movement
300
Towards an Urban Renaissance
301
Housing
305
Beyond 2000 moving on
308
Addendum
314
Sedgemoor District Council negotiating quality
315
Proposed reworking of PPG3
322
Housing good design in new residential development
323
Bibliography
327
Index
341
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