Trafford Design Code


Residential sites

Design codes for a development of multiple houses


Designing homes is more than individual buildings, but also about how they relate to one another to form new or enhance existing communities. The layout of all residential areas should contribute towards the creation of pleasant, characterful and safe environments that fosters a sense of community.


All new proposals should sit harmoniously in their context and make a positive contribution, responding to the history, landscape and built form of their surroundings. Proposals for residential sites should seek to challenge the norm and avoid historic issues caused by developments which are reliant or based on the needs of cars.


A well-formed development is multifaceted. It must consider key elements of urban design, architecture and landscape design to achieve a positive outcome for the place and its community. This Chapter sets out Code and Guidance for designers when shaping their proposals for all housing sites and focuses on key issues of layout, scale, massing and density.

Features of residential site planning

  • Variety of block types informed by context
  • Simple geometry block shapes
  • Interesting views, vistas and corners
  • A hierarchical movement network favouring active travel modes
  • Numerous walking routes through area
  • Plots orientated for maximum solar gain for roofs and gardens
  • Buildings orientated for maximum daylight

Examples from Trafford

All residential site planning case studies

The Depot, Manchester

The Depot, Whalley Range, Manchester by Buttress Architects for Rise Homes Map Street View Map Street View For 100 years, the corner of Bowes Street

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Cobham Manor, London

Chobham Manor, Stratford, London PRP, Make, muf architecture/art for LLDC (Taylor Wimpey and L&Q) Map Street View Map Street View Part of the London Legacy

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Nunhead Green

Nunhead Green by AOC and Derek Millar Architects Nunhead Green transforms a brownfield site, redefining existing connections between the village green and surrounding neighbourhood. The

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Carpenters Wharf

Carpenters Wharf, Hackney Whick by Studio Egret West Carpenters Wharf is a new mixed-useA well-integrated mix of different land uses which may include retail, employment,

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Brentwood Locks

brentwood Lock West, London by Duggan Morris Mixed tenure housing along the waterfront, forming part of a five-year project to breathe new life into the

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Annesley Gardens

Annesley Gardens, Dublin by Metropolitan Workshop for Metropolitan Workshop’s project at Annesley Gardens, in the 19th Century suburb of Ranelagh, has transformed a highly constrained

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Aarhus residence, Denmark

Aarhus residence, Denmark by CEBRA  when designing these new apartment buildings in aarhus, denmark, CEBRA architecture began with one of the most important spaces for a community: the

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The Acres, Timperley

The Acres, Timperley by Trinity Architects (now B2 Architecture Ltd) for LandmarkA building or structure that stands out from its background by virtue of its

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Abode, Cambridge

Abode, Cambridge by Proctor and Matthews / BBUK Studio Limited for Countryside Properties Timber cladding, gable ends, a pedestrian focused public realm and generous planting

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