Housing Design Quality: Through Policy, Guidance and Review

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Taylor & Francis, Jan 4, 2002 - Architecture - 360 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
3
Residential design control a research gap
8
Conclusions
12
Essex County Council the new Essex guide
13
Residential design control history and government guidance up to 1997
18
The historical context for controlling residential design
19
Government guidance and advice on residential design in England March 1992 to February 1997
37
Conclusions
49
Countrywide survey of residential design guidance
208
design criteria and guidance hierarchy
213
guidance types analytical basis prescription and regional emphasis
225
Conclusions
241
Manchester City Council Hulme the design code approach
243
Innovation in the control of residential design
247
The innovative case study authorities
249
Wider practitioner discussion
262

Suffolk County Council a new generation guide
50
The design debate and a new framework for control
54
A new framework for control
69
Conclusions
77
Cotswold District Council advocating a Cotswold style
79
The speculative house product and process
84
Perspectives on the speculative residential product
85
The speculative residential process housebuilders and buyers
97
Conclusions
125
North Norfolk District Council guiding negotiation
128
The fundamentals of controlling design
132
Conclusions
165
Dacorum Borough Council the character area approach
167
Current practice and innovation in control
173
Bridging the professional divide
175
A new consensus
177
Conclusions
197
London Borough of Harrow achieving suburban distinctiveness
200
Residential design policy and guidance a snapshot of practice in the 1990s
205
Conclusions
270
Wycombe District Council development briefing for housing
272
The challenge for control
277
An agenda for delivering housing quality
279
Conclusions
295
West Dorset District Council the footprint solution
300
Towards a residential renaissance
304
Places Streets and Movement
305
Towards an Urban Renaissance
306
Housing
310
Beyond 2000 moving on
313
Addendum
319
Sedgemoor District Council negotiating quality
320
Proposed reworking of PPG3
327
Housing good design in new residential development
328
Bibliography
332
Index
346
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