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Dover Home Zone

Anna Tennent with the appointed landscape architects, Planet Earth developed proposals that met Home Zone criteria and were innovative in their treatment of rainwater runoff.



CHALLENGE

Heathfield Avenue is a terraced street, built at the turn of the century, and there is a school at one end of the road. The area falls within the scope of a Public Service Agreement where the Council is striving to reduce child casualties. Traffic flows through the area had increased as people try to avoid a one-way system introduced in the centre of Dover.

INNOVATION

Early poor publicity in the local press as a result of unmerited criticism of Home Zone principles by the local Fire and Rescue service. As part of the winning bid team Kent Urban Designer, Anna Tennent wrote a consultation leaflet with Kent Highways. Videos and mock-ups of the proposals were used to help the community understand the proposed changes. Subsequently Anna Tennent with the appointed landscape architects, Planet Earth developed proposals that met Home Zone criteria and were innovative in their treatment of rainwater runoff.

IMPACT

Previous poor experience from consultation processes and poor local press comments led to a collapse in the home zone design that undermined the quality and integrity of the scheme and it was abandonned. Heathfield Avenue continued to be used as a rat-run. Lessons were learned about the appropriateness of trying to work with an over-consulted community with low expectations of their requests being met.

PROJECT FACTS

Project Type: Landscape Design, Regeneration
Location: Heathfield Avenue, Dover, Kent
Date: 2003
Contract Value: £150,000

EXPERTISE

Landscape Architecture, Regeneration, Community Development, SUDS, Partnership Working