Last edited 01 Feb 2021

Area type

The National Model Design Code, published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government in January 2021, defines area type as:

‘Parts of the local area that share common features and characteristics. For example, a suburban area type might bring together a number of different housing estates with common densities, heights, building line, party wall condition etc.) under the umbrella term “outer suburbs”. Common rules and parameters can then be applied to the “outer suburbsarea type in the design code. Example area types are provided in the National Model Design Code, but in practice area types should be defined locally.’

An area type matrix is: ‘A table detailing the elements of the design code that are likely to differ between area types.

An area type work sheet is: ‘A set of prompts and sections to be completed, detailing the key elements and features that should be considered when undertaking a character study. This is not an exhaustive list and should be adapted locally. ‘

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