Home Zones are residential streets in which the road space is shared between all users in a way that improves the quality of life for residents by making them places for people, not just for traffic. Changes to the layout of the street emphasise this change of use, so that motorists perceive that they should give informal priority to other road users.
Northcourt Estate was an area of high deprivation and social exclusion. The estate has lost a number of local services including the public house and local shop. The primary school at the centre of the estate was in ‘special measures’ at the time of the project. Local perceptions of the estate were very negative and the presence of a caravan site located to the north-east has an inordinate influence on this perception. There was also is a tendency for fly tipping in the vicinity, trap racing around the estate and occasional incidences of illegal site occupation.
Using the lessons learned in the Gravesend Home Zone Anna Tennent and the Kent Highways team put together a bid for three projects under the Home Zones Challenge; they were all successful. Proposals were developed using the Planning for Real process with the residents of the Northcourt estate, an educational visit was made to the Morice Town demonstration project in Plymouth. The home zone development was used to regenerate the community as well as the estate.
The completed home zone was used as demonstration project in the revised Kent Design Guide (2006) and by the UK government and other agencies.
Project Type: Landscape Design, Regeneration
Location: Gravesend, Kent, UK
Contract Value: £330,000
Landscape Architecture, Regeneration, Community Development, Sustainable Design, Partnership Working