Six key areas for neighbourhood success

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Beacon has defined six areas which impact on neighbourhood sustainability.

Six key areas for sustainable neighbourhoods

Functional flexibility

The built environment can be continuously adapted to changing conditions, such as:

  • changes in household structure
  • changes in transport costs and choices
  • changing ethnic and socio-economic mix of the population
  • the effects of climate change

Neighbourhood satisfaction

People like to live in the neighbourhood because it offers:

  • housing quality and durability with low levels of dilapidation
  • street safety
  • low noise disturbance
  • opportunities for casual social interaction

Minimised costs

The neighbourhood minimises the costs associated with:

  • travel
  • dwelling and section provision, maintenance and repair
  • infrastructure provision, maintenance and repair
  • facility provision, maintenance and repair

Effective governance and civic life

The neighbourhood encourages:

  • meeting people on the street and getting to know neighbours
  • access to neighbourhood and city wide facilities and amenities
  • ease of access to services and amenities for diverse levels of mobility
  • opportunities to get involved in neighbourhood governance

Appropriate resource use and climate protection

The neighbourhood uses resources wisely by:

  • maximising dwelling performance and reducing energy and water use
  • considering land consumption
  • reducing transport energy use
  • using sustainable/renewable sources of energy, water and materials

Maximised bio-physical health

The neighbourhood protects the environment by:

  • reducing negative impacts on air quality
  • ensuring aquatic health
  • protecting/enhancing biodiversity and soil quality



Related Documents

  • 20-Sep-2005 (Report NH101/2)

    Neighbourhood Sustainability Framework: Prototype (PDF 645KB)

    Kay Saville-Smith, Katja Lietz, Denise Bijoux, Megan Howell

    Discusses nature and measurement of neighbourhood sustainability and presents the prototype Neighbourhood Sustainability Framework (NSF) including Neighbourhood Sustainability Outcome Specification, Neighbourhood Sustainability Assessment and Monitoring Tool, and Neighbourhood Sustainability Action Planning Tool. Supported by research that confirms the significant influencing role of neighbourhoods in ensuring the sustainable performance of homes.

Blake St, Ponsonby, Auckland

Photo: Deborah Dewhirst