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Design guide for social housing in rural Northern Ireland Creating rural places: Considering the scheme layout Private aspects and rear gardens It is beneficial to provide a reasonable size, private exter- 1 ACCESS 4 CLOTHES DRYING 5 SITTING OUT nal area to create the opportunity for healthy out-door This should relate to the size of the dwelling. A hardstanding area, allows a dry approach A purpose built patio area is an children’s play, sitting out on a warm sunny day, drying For example for elderly people, pedestrian to a rotary or linear drying line even when attractive feature when located in a clothes, storage of bulky household goods such as bicy- only access may be sufficient. A larger the ground is wet. sun pocket and linked to the indoors cles and other appropriate purposes. family dwelling may require vehicular access (living or dining area) by patio doors. to a rear shed, for work or leisure purposes. With rural social housing, there are good reasons to provide larger gardens and yards than for urban sites. 6 FUEL STORAGE Not only is this more in character with a rural context 2 RAINWATER COLLECTION Space for an oil tank and boiler or but it responds more effectively to characteristic rural Often rural dwellings had a barrel which MVHR unit located in a purpose built life styles. Rural dwellers often are involved in activities collected rainwater for re-use such as house. Also space possibly to provide where it is beneficial to have a generous area of private watering plants and livestock. The modern storage for some wood chippings, and accessible space. These activities vary but can day equivalent is the water butt. logs or turf. include space for bulky but relatively cheap and acces- sible local fuels such as wood and peat, the storage of building equipment/materials or equipment or space 3 SECURITY/PRIVACY 7 VEGETABLE PATCH for a hobby such as collecting and maintaining motor Often this needs a high boundary and gate, 3 Provide a space for a greenhouse or cycles. In this context there is merit in including within but sometimes a lower boundary is sufficient. planting beds for growing vegetables social housing developments, appropriately sized, robust A screen wall could provide privacy to a or fruit. but modest cost, built storage in the form of a reason- patio area then step down to a 1.2m high able size shed in the rear garden/yard, accessible from hedge for the remainder of the garden. the public road. Within a higher density village development, smaller rear 1 5 gardens may be appropriate. The size of the garden 6 should reflect the size of the house type and its likely 2 4 occupation. For example some elderly people may not be physically able to maintain a larger garden. 8 2 7 BIG HOUSE, BIG GARDEN - SMALL HOUSE, SMALL GARDEN 9 Larger dwellings with 9 more bedrooms, are 5 more suitable for larger families & should have 8 8 CHILDRENS PLAY larger gardens for Adequate hard and childrens play etc. 3 grass surfaces to provide 7 4 1 for children’s play. Smaller 6 dwellings, 9 STORAGE/WORK SPACE with smaller A purpose built outbuilding to gardens often ONE/TWO BEDROOM accommodate a range of uses from THREE/FOUR BEDROOM “fit” well at CORNER DWELLING bicycle storage to a work area. FAMILY DWELLING corner sites. The requirements for rear amenity spaces at a smaller one/two bedroom corner dwelling and a larger three/four bedroom family dwelling. 80 81
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