- The house, front yard and boundary treatments help to make the street a safe and attractive place.
Attractive, desirable and safe neighbourhoods are largely the result of the building facades and front yards that run along their street edges.
Locating the house close to the street, having outlook from a main living space onto the street and avoiding large blank retaining walls and fencing means that occupants can see what is happening on the road outside the house. This ‘passive surveillance’ discourages crime and creates a sense of safety.
When combined with attractive, human scaled landscaping these features also make for a pleasant, varied streetscape, which increases the general amenity of the wider neighbourhood and encourages walking and cycling.