On narrow sites or frontages, the accessway itself will form a significant part of the landscaping at the street edge.
The design should use a range of high quality, low maintenance materials that integrate with the design of the street and the overall landscape plan for the development.
Where a ‘shared space’ accessway is proposed (i.e. the driveway is shared by pedestrians and cars), pedestrian safety and amenity should take priority over cars.
The space should read as a place for people first, and cars second. This can be acheived by:
- providing a range of high quality, low maintenance materials
- using landscaping and surface treatment to reduce car speeds
- avoiding speed bumps and using other measures such as changes of direction, cobbles, rumble strips or raised speed tables to keep speed low.