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Design guide for social housing in rural Northern Ireland Creating rural places: Considering the scheme layout Landscaping and walling Vehicle parking 2 used to integrate parking areas. Too often vehicle parking becomes visually dominant. The presence of some vehicles parked on street can contribute to its vibrancy, however a range of parking arrangements works best. For example, a larger family home could have off street access for the “work van”, while a smaller cottage may only have a space for a car parked near the front door. 1 “WITHIN PLOT” This often best fits the aspirations of tenants, but if used again and again, particularly at the fronts of dwellings, it can result in extensive areas of hard surface. “Within plot” parking should mainly be located at the sides of dwellings where vehicles can be partially hidden by buildings. 2 “ON-ROAD” COMMUNAL It is essential that spaces are close and visible from dwellings. Spaces aligned parallel to the roadway often work better than those at right angles. Parking spaces finished with an alternative surface 3 “ON-ROAD” OCCASIONAL material from that of the An appropriate solution for accommodating visitors reducing the number of “formal” spaces. carriageway. Informally parked cars will be effective at reducing 1 traffic speeds. Spaces should not be marked out. 3 3.6m min. width to facilitate disabled access. Gates are optional, however are often appropriate in the rural setting. The range of vehicle parking options within the notional scheme at Mulleek, Co.Fermanagh. This demonstrates that variation can be achieved even within the smallest developments. 68 69
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