DCAN 8: Housing in Existing Urban Areas
A Design-led Approach
1.11 It is important that additional housing should maintain or enhance the quality of the existing environment, and in accommodating higher densities, a design-led approach will be encouraged, rather than one that is dictated by standards. This approach requires:
- a stronger appreciation of the surrounding context;
- a better understanding of the urban design and architectural principles which underpin successful residential environments; and
- an integrated approach to the design of new housing which includes a planning, urban design, landscape, architecture and transport input.
1.12 This approach will aim to ensure that any new housing promotes urban quality, and as a result, development proposals will need to be considered in terms of their relationship to their setting, and by reference to the character of the local environment.