By Hugh Barton
Present regulations in making plans emphasise the significance of rejuvenating neighbourhoods. This new advisor bridges the distance among rhetoric and fact, selling an interprofessional and collaborative method of making localities paintings. the target is to layout neighbourhoods which are fit, secure, pleasant and engaging for citizens and clients, while being extra self-sustaining by way of water, power, neighborhood companies and paintings. Social inclusion, accessibility and the standard of the general public realm are principal tenets. Shaping Neighbourhoods is precise in displaying not just what can be performed but in addition the way it will be performed. Expounded with illustrations and case-studies, this useful advisor offers a invaluable reference for planners and all these considering the techniques of city layout.
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14 Do pedestrian routes create a continuous and coherent network ensuring a permeable environment with ease of access to all neighbouring areas? 38 Are gradients and the use of kerbs minimised to facilitate use by those with impaired mobility such as the elderly, partially sighted, wheelchair users, also by parents with pushchairs and children with skateboards or tricycles? Are the road-crossing points designed to give pedestrians effective protection from traffic, and the right of way wherever possible?
Where are the nearest bus, tram or rail stops, and how could access be gained most directly and safely to them from the site? Where are the nearest schools, surgeries, shops, cafés, pubs, children’s play areas, parks and playing fields in relation to the site? How does the time or distance to these facilities compare with approved standards? 8 Do existing or possible pedestrian and cycling routes offer good quality in terms of • road traffic safety? • gradients and surface? • ease of use by the less mobile?
Is there a lead organisation (maybe the local authority itself, or a formal public/private/ voluntary partnership) which has a clear and accepted idea about what needs to be done, and in what way? 6 Getting going Is there a project brief, agreed by all the main stakeholders, which defines • the remit and the scope of the project • the way decisions are to be taken • how people are to be involved • programme of work • the intended outputs? 7 Does the stakeholder group include all the relevant ‘movers and shakers’ in the public, private and voluntary sectors, together with effective representation of the interests of residents, vulnerable/marginal groups and the wider (global) public interest?