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The Hull Residential Design Guide will lead to the delivery of hundreds of high-quality homes every year across the city.

Humber Street is one place to see the delivery of high-quality homes in Hull.

A new residential design guide has been launched for Hull.  

The Hull Residential Design Guide will lead to the delivery of in excess of 620 homes high-quality homes per year across the city.

It is the first planning policy adopted by the city specifically addressing the design quality of new housing and builds on the principles embedded within the Hull Local Plan adopted in 2017.

The document has been developed by Hull City Council’s planning department with architects Harper Perry commissioned to illustrate the guide with examples of best practice and exemplary design.

The adopted Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) covers more than 50 topics ranging from strategic site planning considerations, to construction detail and future smart home ambitions.

The policy has been developed over the past year with a wide range of advisory organisations contributing to, and shaping, the publication including; architects, engineers, housing associations, voluntary organisations and the local University.  

Imagery from the guide suggesting how the high-quality homes could look.

Harper Perry director James Perry said: "We have worked closely with Hull’s senior urban designer to translate the design guide from written planning policy into a highly visual, engaging and accessible document. The guide is intended for an audience of architects, urban designers, planning consultants, housing developers, as well as members of planning committee and the public."  

The guide is set out under three key themes: urban design, streets and public spaces and building design.  It draws on examples of best practice from the UK and Europe to demonstrate how thinking across these scales can lead to the creation of well-designed homes and neighbourhoods.  

At the larger-scale, the guidance looks to create positive public spaces that are well-used and valued, ensuring spaces around and between buildings are designed to be safe, visible and equitable for people with pushchairs, toddlers, older residents, those with cognitive impairments, physical disabilities and mobility issues. 

At the small-scale, it addresses design details such as ensuring sufficient daylight and sunlight, designing smart homes equipped with EV charging, battery storage, smart water butts, and heat network interfaces, and integrating design strategies for bins, parking and bike storage - all of which contribute to making resilient, liveable neighbourhoods and homes equipped for the future.

Alex Codd, Hull City Council’s assistant director of economic regeneration, said: “Hull is quickly becoming one of the north’s most desirable places to live. It is an independent waterfront city which has seen £250m investment in public spaces, retail and leisure outlets, cultural venues, and a further investment in excess of £200m in its flood defences.

“As the city’s economy grows, it is vital that there is quality new housing to help this process. This guide will help to make sure these properties are in place.”

Mr Perry said: “The guide is intended to raise standards and ambitions in housing in Hull from the urban scale to detailed design.

“The design guide set by Hull City is a really positive foundation, but designers and house builders need to raise their ambitions from the outset. The design of new housing all too often is dominated by car movement and parking, and fails to provide positive, welcoming spaces in between homes to foster a positive sense of neighbourliness. This has to change.” 

Download the guide below.


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Hull City Council, Guildhall,
Hull, East Yorkshire,
HU1 2AA,

01482 613 089

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