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Design guide for social housing in rural Northern Ireland Creating rural places: Considering the scheme layout Considering Access at the dwelling boundaries access Pedestrian and vehicular access from dwellings to the adjoining street or road should avoid being overdominant and be formed either by the dwelling, an adjoining outbuilding, soft landscaping or appropriate built boundary treatments. Set backs of buildings and heights of boundary treatments should ensure adequate visibility for emerging pedestrians or vehicles. Access at the scheme boundary There is often merit for some rural houses to be provided with a rear access for vehicles. This particularly applies to those localities where there is a tradition of activities requiring access by vehicles to rear yards, such as transporting wood and Accesses to rural social housing schemes peat for storage or activities in workshops, sheds or garages. This may require either a driveway at the side of the dwell- should be obvious and legible, but should ing or a shared rear access laneway. not be overly accentuated. Buildings and soft landscape are often the best way to Pedestrian access to rear gardens should be provided to accommodate the storage of bins and garden maintenance frame the access, but simple locally distinc- equipment etc. Pend access was rarely found in traditional rural dwellings, however it is recognised that it can be a tive boundary walls and pillars can work well. useful solution to create external access to the rear of mid-terrace dwellings and is a better solution than access via the Small place name signs can then be added house. It can be appropriate to provide pedestrian and/or vehicle access to mid-terrace dwellings via rear laneways, to the building facade, pillar or wall. which are ideally overlooked, as an alternative to pends. Where possible grass verges should be retained, providing visibility splays. Tight junc- tion radii, and a change of surface treat- 1 ACCESS TO THE REAR CANNOT 2 PEDESTRIAN ACCESS AT THE 3 PRIVATE DRIVEWAY ACCESS FOR ment is particularly effective at signalling a BE ACHIEVED AS THIS IS A REAR FROM A SECONDARY VEHICLES change in the movement environment and MID-TERRACED DWELLING ROAD encourages vehicles to reduce their speed. Technical issues to be resolved include the provision of appropriate:- Forward Horizontal visibility splays visibility 1 2 Vertical visibility Gradients at the approach Rear to the junction accesses on to the overlooked. public road 3 Drainage to ensure no water flows on to or off the public road. The distinctive “witches hat” limestone pillars of Rath- A range of access options to individual dwellings at the notional scheme at Mulleek, Co.Fermanagh. lin Island, by Apex Housing Association. 70 71
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