14. Does the scheme integrate with existing streets, paths and surrounding development?

Chronos, east London

PPS 1 (sustainable development): ‘High-quality and inclusive design should create well-mixed and integrated developments which avoid segregation and have well-planned public spaces.’

New housing does not exist on its own. Streets and footpaths should be connected to existing routes and neighbourhoods, creating a district that is accessible and easy to get around. A well-designed development should be easy to get to and move through, making the most of existing or proposed facilities in the area. This needs streets, footpaths and public spaces which link into well-used routes.

A seamless network of routes and public spaces will help create a community that includes all residents.

Safe access points into and through the development increase opportunities for walking and help reduce our reliance on cars.

Designing well-connected layouts depends on the local context (including local security issues) and how the development relates to existing areas. Plans of the surrounding area are useful because they show the continuity between new and existing development.

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The 20 Criteria

Environment & community
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

  • Safer places, the planning system and crime prevention (ODPM and Home Office); p16