DCAN 8: Housing in Existing Urban Areas
Clearly defining public and private space
3.20 Housing layouts should seek to maintain a clear definition between the public or civic realm of the street and private space associated with the dwelling. Front gardens, or other forms of defensible space, of even a modest size, can provide an effective buffer to the street, particularly if car parking can be accommodated on-street, thus enabling boundaries to be articulated with walls and hedges.
3.21 Housing layouts should seek to achieve continuity of fronts and backs. At the neighbourhood level this arrangement provides a coherent, permeable block structure, and provides for direct pedestrian movement through a site while securing rear garden space.