|Well-designed housing developments are not only more saleable but improve the
appearance of a neighbourhood.
new City Council design guide New housing in
Living 3 Zones is intended to provide landowners, designers and developers with a
checklist when proposing a new housing development in a Living 3 zone - a medium density
residential environment in the City.
Too many examples exist of
insensitive housing developments, sometimes referred to as chilly bin houses or six packs,
says author and urban designer Janet Reeves. They are characterised by high featureless
walls, large expanses of asphalt and little greenery.
Part one of the guide looks at
site selection and designing the layout of the housing development in relation to its
context. Part two deals with the design of buildings while Part three considers outdoor
space surrounding the buildings. According to the guide's summary, the most successful
schemes amalgamate sites, face the street, conceal cars and respect neighbours. Details
such as fence design and planting can enhance new developments.