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Design guide for social housing in rural Northern Ireland Creating rural places - achieving quality 03 Considering the location This section details the mechanisms for establishing a need for social housing and for identifying a suitable site at the typical potential rural locations, based on an assessment of attributes and constraints, consistent with current rural planning policy. Site identification in our rural communities is not a simple process and can often be inhibited by the difficul- ties of identifying, establishing and confirming need, complying with the current sequential tests of planning policy and sometimes the unrealistic expectations of the value of rural sites. 04 Considering the site characteristics This section highlights the importance of evaluating a site within its wider environment and its interaction and relationship with neighbouring land uses. The aim should be the enhancement of the sites assets in the creation of a series of interlinked spaces which will ultimately become a seamless part of our rural communities. 05 Considering the scheme layout This section establishes the principles of designing layouts for new-build social housing in rural landscapes, which create places of quality and distinction. Placemaking influences will vary depending upon the site’s setting as determined by the overall site context. For example, is the site located at a focal point or crossroads within a dispersed rural community or on the edge of a village? Any proposal should create a built environment of human scale which makes best use of the land, is legible, permeable and of course pleasant to live within. 06 Designing appropriate buildings This section addresses the importance of appropriate aesthetic and functional design elements and form. Vernacular buildings in Ulster were the result of the limited construction methods of the time and the limited availability of materials, often sourced from the site, which produced pleasant and identifiable buildings and places. A faithful contemporary interpretation of the Region’s vernacular can make a positive contribution to A modest but pleasantly attractive rural cottage. Its visual integration, simple proportions and personal touches typify the appearance of a scheme and how it is received by the community. It can contribute to the creation of a much of what we associate with the best rural places. place which residents can identify with, feel attached to and ultimately care for. 30
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