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6 qualities of successful places

 1.   Distinctive

 2.   Safe and pleasant 

 3.   Easy to move around

 Creating a sense of identity
  • Places where distinctive landscapes, natural features, buildings, streets, spaces and skylines inspire patterns of new building.

 Creating safe and pleasant places
  • Places where streets are livelier and feel safer because a building has windows, doors or active uses on to the street, rather than presenting a blank façade.

  • Places where footpaths and open spaces feel safer because buildings overlook them.

  • Places with residential accommodation above shops to provide inhabited rooms overlooking streets and to encourage evening activity.

  • Places where the distinction between public or private space is made clearer.

  • Places where a gap in an otherwise  continuous building frontage, that detracts from the street’s quality, is either filled or made into usable space for pedestrians.

  • Places that create a sense of enclosure by enclosing streets, squares, parks and other spaces by buildings and trees of a scale that feels right.

 Creating easier movement
  • Places that ensure that the density of development is highest where access to public transport is best.

  • Places that site bus stops more conveniently and make them safer and better lit.

  • Places that make railway stations accessible by foot from all directions.

  • Places where roads and footpaths are better connected into well used routes, so that the presence of more people makes them feel safer.

  • Places with public spaces that are better linked into a route that is well used by people on foot.

  • Places that encourage cycling.

  • Places that pedestrians go to and from which are connected by more direct routes.


 4.   Welcoming 

 5.   Adaptable 

 6.   Resource efficient

 Creating a sense of welcome
  • Places where new landmarks create or improve views and help people find their way around.
  • Places where views are opened up.
  • Marking places that act as gateways to particular areas
  • Places where better lighting improves safety, helps people find their way around, highlights  landmarks, shows off attractive buildings or disguises eyesores.
  • Places that create distinctive works or art and craft.
  • Places where better signage is used.
 Making a place adaptable
  • Places that ensure that new development, or other improvements, support a mix of compatible uses and tenures, helping to make the place one where people live, work and play, rather than having a single use and being ‘dead’ after hours.
  • Places where buildings and areas are adaptable to a variety of future uses, by ensuring that they are not tightly designed to a particular use.
 Making good use of resources
  • Places where new and existing buildings minimise their use of energy through the way they face the sun, how they are sheltered from the wind by the slope of the land, trees and other buildings, and how they are constructed.
  • Using and developing buildings, sites or areas that are underused.
  • Using building materials that are available from local and or sustainable sources.
  • Utilising natural features that are important to conserve and emphasise.
  • Places where a park or green space has been created or improved.
  • Places that improve habitats and support wildlife, attracting and protecting living things.