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Design guide for social housing in rural Northern Ireland Considering the place: Rural Northern Ireland Settlement considerations Throughout the Northern Irish countryside there are a wide range of settlement sizes and types. An understanding of their distinctive characteristics and their development history is of great value to the designer in achieving sympathetic contemporary buildings. Dispersed rural communities including “cross-roads” settlements Throughout the countryside, there have long been numerous small clusters of development. These are sometimes known as “cross-roads” settlements due to the propensity for a rural road junction to provide a focus for some local facilities, along with a scatter of houses. Often these include one or more community buildings, such as a Chapel or Church and sometimes a small school. Occasionally a general store meets a wide range of day to day needs of the local community, typically incorporating a post office. Sometimes there are sporting and recreational facilities. Parochial House / Manse / Rectory Church/Chapel Roadside “bungalows” Larger detached “farmhouse” Terrace/group of dwellings located at a junction Shop/post office Farm and out-buildings Some “cross-road” communities may display as little as one or two of the above characteristics, whilst others may At Finvoy, Co.Antrim, “Drain’s” shop/filling station/post office serves the wider dispersed rural community of farmhold- have them all. ings and individual dwellings. A small cluster of public and private housing has developed at this focal point. 18 19
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