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01. Does the development provide community facilities, such as a school, parks, play areas, shops, pubs or cafes?

The cafe in the Horsebridge development

PPS3 (housing): ‘The government’s policy is to ensure that housing is developed in suitable locations which offer a range of community facilities and with good access to jobs, key services and infrastructure.’

Creating successful residential areas is about much more than just providing opportunities for homes that respond to people’s needs. It is about providing a framework within which communities can grow.

Appropriate community facilities and services, such as open spaces, crèches, day-care and health services, local pubs and other places for residents, are important in this framework. Large developments or schemes in urban areas should include facilities that help meet the needs of the area. Services benefit from being close together so planning should allow for this in areas with greatest access.

Consulting the local community can help make sure that plans reflect community needs as well as encouraging local people to get involved in making decisions about their neighbourhood. For smaller developments, features that might help unite the community could include play areas, a gym and health facilities. If facilities are not provided within the development, the layout should make sure people have easy access to nearby facilities.

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The 20 Criteria

Environment & community
Character
Streets, parking & pedestrianisation
Design & construction
Does the development provide (or is it close to) community facilities, such as a school, parks, play areas, shops, pubs or cafes?

Further reading

  • Better places to live: a companion guide to PPG 3 (DT LR and CABE, 2001); p27
  • Urban Design Compendium 2 (English Partnerships and Housing Corporation, 2007); p33