Planning for Children's Play in Housing Areas

Text and Graphics by

Anne R. Beer © 1996, Second edition 1999

(Author of Environmental Planning for Site Development, Chapman Hall, E&FN Spon, London, 1994. Environmental Planner, Emeritus Professor, University of Sheffield - formerly Professor and Head of Department of Landscape).


A CD-Rom based presentation consisting of over 140 fully illustrated "pages", which summarise the research findings on children's play needs in housing areas. The information is set out to alert those involved in the planning and designing of housing environments to the major issues that should be addressed at the site planning stage.

The presentation is designed to be of interest to:

The "Menu Page"- see towards the bottom of this web page - shows the contents of the presentation. On the CD-Rom this "Menu" page allows the user to navigate speedily around the information. In addition, there is also a very substantial up-to-date bibliography prepared by Dr M Sobaihi, a Landscape Architect from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; this is aimed to help those students intending to study this subject area in much greater depth, or to undertake related research projects.

Children are the main users of the "outdoors" on housing estates. Failure to plan and design for the very different ways in which children from various age-groups will want to use the external environment can often lead to unnecessary conflict between adults and children. It is difficult enough for families to settle into new environments when they move to new housing areas, without unnecessary conflict developing between adults and children about play. Dealing with play issues appropriately from the outset can do much to help residents settle down. When housing areas undergo regeneration, planning and design activities also need to bear in mind the child's play patterns.

This presentation highlights the potential problems relating to planning for chilren's play in housing areas and puts forward solutions. All too often children's play issues are left until all other design issues have been resolved. That is too late: they need to be tackled from the beginning of the planning - design continuum. This is particularly so in higher density housing schemes. The presentation is not a prescriptive design manual, but rather a guide which allows the user to determine what might be the most appropriate for a specific site.

CD-Rom designed in HyperStudio* (registered trade mark)by MAP21 Ltd. The program runs on Windows 95, Windows 3.1 and Macintosh; an appropriate run time Player is included in the price (please specify). The CD-Roms run on computers with at least 8Mb RAM.

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4 Nov 1999