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Why it matters
Think Strategically
Town Centres
Residential Area
Parks and Open Spaces
In practice

Recent reports

Manual for Streets

Manual for Streets is a new guide aimed at championing a more innovative and creative approach to street design. It considers the street as a place in its own right rather than a thoroughfare and places emphasis on the requirements of users other than cars, such as pedestrians, cyclists and the disabled. The guide is primarily aimed at new residential streets although it can be applied to existing streets. Although Manual for Streets is best practice, not statutory guidance it aims to create a more holistic approach to street design rather than a purely mechanical response to road layout.

Walking and Cycling case studies

These walking and cycling case studies were compiled by the Department for Transport as a companion guide to the Walking and cycling: an action plan, which was published on 16 June 2004. The studies demonstrate how well-chosen and managed initiatives improve local conditions of congestion, public health and enhance the street scene and spaces.

National Community Safety Plan 2006 - 2009

Crime and violent crime is falling and so is the fear of crime. But they all remain too high, we cannot be complacent in the face of improvement. If communities are to be made safer, everyone – from the heart of national government, to regional and local partners, right through to neighbourhoods and the people who live in them – must play their part. The National Community Safety Plan (NCSP), published in November 2005, will help achieve this. [Visit the crime reduction site]

We still have a lot to learn about this particular subject. So we want to include all new reports which explain and explore those best practice initiatives which are driving improvements in the quality of our public spaces and contributing to cleaner safer greener communities.

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