Housing Design for Community Life

How residents use external space in new developments


‘This report has gathered evidence from ten developments across the UK and considers how people use the external spaces around the places in which they live.

‘The evidence gathered shows the impact of design on the activities that take place and the power these spaces have to benefit community life from allowing children to play independently outside to reducing loneliness for the elderly.

‘The report’s work in trying to understand how we use public space cannot be ignored. It is a vital manifesto for new planning policy and a cultural shift in our obligations towards people and the new communities we are creating.’

Foreword from David Montague, chair of G15 and chief executive L&Q

The full report is available here:

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