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

This Hull guide will lead to hundreds of high-quality homes

A new residential design guide has been launched for Hull.

The Hull Residential Design Guide will lead to the delivery of more than 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.

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.

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

Imagery from the Hull Residential Design Guide

Imagery from the Hull Residential Design Guide suggesting how the high-quality homes could look.

“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.”

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.

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.”

The guide is available to download from the Invest Hull site.