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Design guide for social housing in rural Northern Ireland Creating rural places: Considering site characteristics Neighbours A new social housing development should be sited where adjacent land uses will not cause any detriment to the future residents of the proposal, and the impact of the proposal on adjoining uses should also be consid- ered physically and socially. 1 RESPECT EXISTING SCALE, MASSING, BUILDING On this corner site the dwelling and its rear LINES AND ARCHITECTURAL CHARACTER return is orientated to front the road and Provide homes that “fit” with existing dwellings create a more private rear yard. and streets. They should not “shout out,” but become a part of the settlement. 2 PROXIMITY TO “BAD NEIGHBOURS” MAY REQUIRE MITIGATION MEASURES 1 Often the operations of rural businesses can have an impact on residential living. However, features added to boundary treatments or 2 acoustic glazing can be used to mitigate the effects of any conflicting neighbouring use. 3 3 RESPECT EXISTING AND CREATE NEW PRIVATE SPACE Ensure there is a reasonable level of privacy for all dwellings. Ideally there should be at least 20 metres between the rear facades of dwellings. 4 CREATE OVERLOOKED AND SECURE PLACES TO 4 FACILITATE INTERACTION BETWEEN NEIGHBOURS Generally, rural dwellers like to know their The noisy impact of an existing vehicle repair neighbour. They may help each other out or just garage is mitigated in the proposed scheme “pop round for a chat”. through the use of a landscape mound to deflect sound and noise buffering glazing. The paved housing square, overlooked by a number of dwellings, has south facing seating and street trees. It provides a pleasant place for a chat or for younger children to play. The square leads to woodland and the “railway walk”, providing a link to an “around the village” walk. At St Josephs Court Sheltered Housing in Gorey, County Wexford by Paul Keogh Architects, A notional scheme at a brownfield site in the small village of Pomeroy, Co.Tyrone. It demonstrates how to design seating has been designed into the front of this schemes that can benefit from, and will respect and improve, neighbouring uses. dwelling, facilitating a comfortable place for neighbours to have a chat. 60 61
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