- The design proposal maintains the important natural features of the site
- The site design responds to the landform, minimising the extent of earthworks
- Retaining elements are carefully integrated as a part of the design
- The terraced house works with the existing topography to maximise views, privacy and other site opportunities
It is important that any terraced housing development makes the most of the existing features of the site including topography, views, mature planting, solar access and shelter from wind. It is important to decide how the terraced form aligns with the slope (i.e. along contours or across them), as this can determine the visual impact of the scheme.
Parking, access and servicing should be considered at the same time as the site and building designs.
Laying out the site should not be done independently of designing the buildings. Before subdividing, it is best practice to experiment with site layout and building placement, even if it is only in sketch form.