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Pedestrians need to be able to walk easily on the footway, without having to dodge clutter, risk injury from traffic or divert far from preferred routes. This means that walking audits should take into account:
  • the effective width of a pavement,
  • its ease of access for wheel chair users and buggy pushers,
  • the separation of the route from traffic.
  • respect given to desire lines
  • the percentage of the route which is not easy to use
  • the number of obstructions (posts, bins, advertising boards and planters)

Click here to access our lesson on Quality audits for highways schemes

West Midlands plan (The)

Regional policy should require all new housing to meet quality standards, for example the Building for Life standard. This standard sets 20 criteria to ensure new homes and neighbourhoods are well designed. It complements Lifetime Homes Standards and can be managed through self-assessment. The West Midlands Plan was the first draft RSS to incorporate the Building for Life Standard.

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Who's responsible for good design?

People bring different priorities and perspectives to a project. If we don’t try to think about everybody’s needs as the design develops we can end up isolating, segregating or retrofitting to try and make the place work.

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Working effectively

The most effective decisions are based on thorough knowledge. Best practice examples can act as an inspiration, and as benchmarks to check how well you are doing.

If you have little experience of construction projects, you'll need to rapidly develop a knowledge and understanding of some relevant examples. Looking at buildings and visiting them is a good way to start. Visiting a few places with your design and project teams will help the whole team understand your values.

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