Design Guide for Rural Northern Ireland
Scheme Design: Linear Plan Concept
The traditional linear plan easily fits into the countours of any site, minimising excavation. It can be easily extended linearly and is adaptable to changes in needs.
Using the linear plan form it is possible to design a scheme for modern living, and arrive at a layout which works, while at the same time integrating the scheme with the site and the wider landscape.
Modern space standards can be achieved with suitable rural designs. However, in the development of some sites, the amount of development which can be accommodated may be limited by its potential visual impact. In some other cases it may be possible to reduce the apparent scale of development by breaking the form down into smaller units, perhaps in a grouping of buildings.
In a successful scheme, the ancillary buildings, such as garages, sheds and other outbuildings will be designed as part of the overall layout, to give an integrated group. Care is taken to avoid elements such as garage doors being placed in an obtrusive position, and small structures such as oil tanks or coal bunkers are located out of public view.