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Urban Design Compendium

The Movement Framework

The movement framework concerns the structural aspects of movement, focussing on street and footpath networks. It is important to get it right as the movement framework effects uses, activities, density, security and the impact of developments on neighbouring places.

A successful framework will

  • Provide maximum choice for how people make their journeys – making it as easy to walk, cycle or take a bus as it is to travel by car
  • Take full account of the kind of movement a development will generate
  • Make clear connections to existing routes and facilities

To develop the framework you should undertake:

  • A movement assessment to understand which routes should be developed or improved.
  • Measurement of walking distances to facilities
  • Analysis of how to create direct, attractive connections to existing routes and facilities
  • Assessment of appropriate block types.


Consider how best the site can be connected with nearby main routes and public transport facilities.

The typical cul -de- sac response creates an introverted layout, which fails to integrate with the surroundings.

A more pedestrian-friendly aproach that intergrates with the surrounding community links existing and proposed streets, and provides direct links to bus stops.







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