The most obvious mechanism available for increasing the value of a scheme is to build more homes on a given site. Average densities in the UK are about 25 units per hectare, although more recently, as a result of national planning policy, higher density schemes have emerged in high demand locations. Not uncommon now are schemes with a mix of houses and apartments at over 30 units per hectare, and even apartment buildings that achieve over 100 dwellings per hectare. It has been noted that this emphasis of promoting higher densities in certain locations has resulted in developers using more architects and building more bespoke schemes.

Sites adjacent to open space and with a positive outlook can be built up to a higher density, or be used for higher value properties in order to maximise the return from the more attractive position. To release this value, these open spaces can be designed into schemes such as larger parks or smaller and more incidental squares or water features. These urban design features will give adjacent properties a premium value compared to houses located in more nondescript locations (Figure 2.35).

Figure 2.35 High density schemes can also be exclusive and their design can both create and exploit attractive views

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.

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