Does the design consider the spatial relationships between built and natural elements to create a high level of amenity for public and private spaces?
The landscape and open space plans should demonstrate, where relevant, how the design:
- Responds to opportunities to improve the landscape character of the site
- Considers the location, orientation, size, shape and function of open space
- Provides a high level of amenity to public and private open spaces
- Protects and retains any predominant landscape features including mature trees and significant vegetation
- Integrates with and reflects the valued aspects of the character of the neighbourhood
- Integrates the landscape with the overall site layout and building design
- Works with the natural landform to minimise earthworks
- Provides a safe, attractive and functional environment for residents
- Integrates water sensitive design with landscaping
- Contributes to local biodiversity
- Allows for intended vegetation growth
- Considers ongoing ease and costs of maintenance
- Specifies the planting palette (species, density, pot sizes, quantities, height at maturity), layout, edging, mulching, irrigation, drainage, lighting and paving).
Does the proposed open space design create attractive, practical, safe, overlooked and inclusive spaces?
The open space design should demonstrate the following:
- Clear definition of function and how it will support the wider hierarchy of open space
- How the location and design of buildings/structure has been considered as part of the overall site layout
- How adjacent land uses and the privacy and amenity of residents have been considered
- Integration with water sensitive design solutions
- Consideration of climatic conditions
- Consideration of pedestrian desire lines and access for people of all abilities
- Integration of vehicle access and parking with the overall site layout and design