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​​​​​Does the design consider the spatial relationships between built and natural elements to create a high level of amenity for public and private spaces?

The landscape and open space plans should demonstrate, where relevant, how the design:
  • Responds to opportunities to improve the landscape character of the site
  • Considers the location, orientation, size, shape and function of open space
  • Provides a high level of amenity to public and private open spaces
  • Protects and retains any predominant landscape features including mature trees and significant vegetation
  • Integrates with and reflects the valued aspects of the character of the neighbourhood 
  • Integrates the landscape with the overall site layout and building design
  • Works with the natural landform to minimise earthworks 
  • Provides a safe, attractive and functional environment for residents
  • Integrates water sensitive design with landscaping
  • Contributes to local biodiversity 
  • Allows for intended vegetation growth
  • Considers ongoing ease and costs of maintenance
  • Specifies the planting palette (species, density, pot sizes, quantities, height at maturity), layout, edging, mulching, irrigation, drainage, lighting and paving)​.
​​Does​ the proposed open space design create attractive, practical, safe, overlooked and inclusive spaces?
The open space design should demonstrate the following:
  • Clear definition of function and how it will support the wider hierarchy of open space
  • How the location and design of buildings/structure has been considered as part of the overall site layout
  • How adjacent land uses and the privacy and amenity of residents have been considered
  • Integration with water sensitive design solutions
  • Consideration of climatic conditions
  • Consideration of pedestrian desire lines and access for people of all abilities
  • Integration of vehicle access and parking with the overall site layout and design

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