DCAN 8: Housing in Existing Urban Areas
The Need for a Balanced Approach
1.8 Promoting more housing on land within existing urban areas is regarded as a sustainable way of accommodating additional urban growth. However, it is important that this takes place without town cramming, or adversely affecting residential amenity.
1.9 Development in existing urban areas usually involves residential intensifi cation, and can take various forms, including:
- demolition and redevelopment;
- backland development;
- conversion/extension of houses; and
- Living Over The Shop (LOTS).
1.10 The trend towards the provision of more housing within existing urban areas has been accompanied by increased development pressures in established residential areas. One of the main aims of this DCAN is to provide guidance which will ensure that urban and environmental quality is maintained, amenity preserved, and privacy respected when new proposals are considered for housing development in these areas.