Walkable Suburbia        
At a gross density of 50 dph, 5,000 dwellings can be within a 10 minute walk of public services, schools and viable public transport. This hypothetical model offers a benchmark for suburban density.

Reconciling the private and communal, the studies of housing layout and typology which follow demonstrate that densities of 50dph and upwards can be achieved by family housing with gardens, local car parking and other characteristics which can be classified as the private benefits of suburbia.

A viable regional link needs 5,000 dwellings within 10 minutes walk in this hypothetical model. This is equivalent to 800m, assuming a grid block layout within a circular settlement, with a radius of 600m as the crow flies. This creates an area of 113 hectares.





 

1. Area of 600m radius (10 mins walk) = 113ha

2. Infrastructure for 5,000 = no. of homes needed to make local transit viable

3. 100ha housing@50dph = 5,000 homes
 
Shared facilities in a local centre of 5,000 dwellings
 
Land Take (ha)
Health centre
0.33
Primary school
1.65
Secondary school 
1.76
Nursery school
0.11
Library 
0.03
Leisure centre 
0.2
Playing field
1.95
Local store
0.05
Main access roads
4.0
Open space
4.0
 
 
TOTAL
3.0