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Design Guide for Rural Northern Ireland
Finding the Right Site: Site Analysis

The Site Analysis is a record of everything you know about the site which has a bearing on design. Each site is different and the designer needs to analyse its special characteristics. These special qualities, peculiar to the individual site, can be listed and plotted on drawings so that their effect can be assessed.
The extent to which the development on a site might be seen from public roads or public areas and the distance over which it would be visible are important considerations. It is necessary, therefore, to identify the main vantage points of the site. It is particularly helpful to have photographs of the site taken from these points.
The way in which access is provided to a site, in order to meet the Department's current standards, can have a significant effect on the exposure of the site and on the consequent impact of development.
The Site Analysis should include the identification of neighbouring development and the traditional characteristics of development which are to be found in the locality.
The analysis will bring together a large amount of information about the site as a basis for the design - information such as orientation, aspect, topography, existing buildings and landscape features, boundary treatments, prevailing wind direction, etc.
From this information, which is the essential preliminary to successful design, it is possible to assess the potential impact of development upon the site and the locality.
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