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Design guide for social housing in rural Northern Ireland Creating rural places: Considering site characteristics Placemaking 2 Proposals should create new rural places by respecting and taking cues from the existing character. Particularly in village Conservation and Townscape Character Areas the context is likely to have a major influence on design. Careful consideration should be given to those specific characteristics of the built environment that contribute to its quality. This will often be the village’s built heritage of a particular style or era. 1 FORM Our small settlements and villages tended to have simple building forms, with more complex returns and extensions added at later dates. Aim to replicate the original shapes and layouts. 2 SCALE New buildings should not dominate their setting including adjacent buildings. Respecting 3 proportions, roof pitches and heights is particularly important. 3 MATERIALS It is preferable to continue to use the materials that made the place distinct. This ethos can be applied to both traditional and contemporary designs. 4 DETAILS The designer should avoid “everywhere” features. It is beneficial to include design elements distinctive to the place. Also, good details are created by skilled craftsmen using good materials. 4 1 Illustrations of a notional scheme within the Area of Townscape Character at Pomeroy, Co.Tyrone, demonstrating how the scheme can be designed to respect and respond to the distinctive features of the village. 58 59
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