Bradford design guide aims to inject green standards into new housing and neighbourhoods

Bradford City Hall (Demo)

COUNCIL leaders in Bradford are set to discuss a new guide intended to put environmental concerns into the heart of new housing and neighbourhood developments.

The Bradford Homes & Neighbourhoods Design Guide is said to bring together the latest thinking in housing and urban design, and the council says it has been developed with a “wide range” of community and housing sector partners. The document will go before the council’s executive for consideration at the end of this week.

“This guide sets out innovative new standards for housing developments across Bradford district which will make our communities safer, more sustainable and healthier places to live,” said Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, portfolio holder for regeneration, planning and transport.

“We expect new developments to have 20mph speed limits as standard and consider street layouts that give priority to pedestrians and cyclists.

“The guide also looks at how we make our neighbourhoods greener, with more planting on the street with better air quality and a requirement for developers to provide opportunities for children to play.

“We also need to build houses that are adaptable and accessible for everyone.

“This guide is a step-change for housing development in Bradford district and is the product of great partnership working with Bradford Civic Society, Born in Bradford and the Property Forum.”

Key changes covered by the guide include:

  • Streets for all: Developments include safe, well connected routes which give priority to pedestrians and cyclists, and which are designed to limit traffic speeds to 20mph
  • Green streets: Streets are designed to be greener by including trees, swales, hedgerows for garden boundaries, and be opened up to views of the countryside
  • Air quality: Developments prioritise walking and cycling and public transport, incorporate street trees, planting, open spaces and landscape, and include electric vehicle (EV) charging points
  • Play: To encourage opportunities for safer ‘doorstep play’ for young children and toddlers close to homes on residential streets
  • Cycle parking: Providing advice on cycle parking for different types of homes
  • Waste: Giving guidance on how to provide storage for bins in different types of homes whilst reducing bin clutter on the streets
  • Inclusive places: To seek high standards for accessible homes including 10% of new homes to be wheelchair accessible dwellings and the rest to be accessible and adaptable dwellings allowing for changes in people’s circumstances over their lifetimes
  • Internal space: Seeking all new homes to be built to nationally described space standards and to include good light and ventilation
  • Energy efficiency: Providing guidance on how homes can be designed to be more energy efficient through layout, details and materials

The Bradford Homes & Neighbourhoods Design Guide has been developed with a wide range of partners, including the Born in Bradford health research group, Bradford Civic Society, Bradford Property Forum, older and disabled people’s groups, and house builders and housing associations.


Main Image: Bradford City Hall Council Chamber. Creative Commons Michael D Beckwith. CC by SA 4.0


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