Neighbourhood design important for inclusion

shows roof tops of a development in a greenfield area. Photo taken from the top of a hill looking downA recent article published in The Conversation about inclusive communities suggests neighbourhood and urban planning have a key role in promoting diversity, and through diversity comes safety and inclusiveness. This is particularly the case for adults with an intellectual disability.

The authors stress the “main issue is not the type of accommodation, but its location. The neighbourhood, its design, and the community of people who live there are all significant factors for supporting safety and inclusion.” And surprisingly the exclusion of cars (in terms of thoroughfares) via a return to the cul-de-sac is seen as a significant design principle to reconsider for inclusive neighbourhoods. Preliminary results found three critical aspects for designing an inclusive neighbourhood:

  1. actual and perceived safety within the street and neighbourhood
  2. access to services and amenities via walking, cycling or public transport
  3. inclusion in community life and local neighbourhood activity.

This post was submitted by Nicholas Loder, Deputy Chair, CUDA.