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People’s priorities are shifting. Health and wellbeing, sustainability, and work-life balance are becoming increasingly important. More people are choosing to live near their work or choosing active modes of transport. However, often there are physical and social barriers that means not everyone has access to the same choices.
Masterplan liveability strategy
The masterplan can seek to address certain inequalities by promoting neighbourhoods where everyone has access to essential services and amenities within a 15-minute walking distance. Prioritising high-density, mixed use buildings contribute to compact neighbourhoods. This allows more people to live and work near transport hubs and more local services supported by increased population density.
Diagram showing a high density block that combines mid and high-rise developments. In locations where tall buildings are appropriate, tall elements can be incorporated into urban blocks that create active streetscapes and quality amenity for residents.
High-density does not always mean tall buildings, as medium-rise developments are more likely to deliver better amenity for residents. They provide a human scale and can create a better sense of community and intimacy. While there are appropriate places for tall buildings within the masterplan area, these should be incorporated into urban blocks that positively define streets, animate public spaces with active uses and provide amenities including quality open spaces for residents.
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