Annex 1 International Case Studies

Plymouth, England – Morice Town Home Zone

Scheme Description

One of the largest Pilot Projects, this covers an area adjacent to Devonport naval base with a mix of private, council and social housing. It covers around 2.2km of road network. The scheme has developed from a road safety intervention into a comprehensive regeneration initiative.

Scheme Type


Housing Type/Other Land Use

155 terraced houses, 253 flats, five public houses, three public businesses, Morice Town Junior school, a Salvation Army Hall and a derelict playground now in the process of refurbishment.


  • Consultation and partnership working have been the cornerstones of the home zone building process;
  • Partnership with the local community and local businesses has been established and nurtured. Proposals originally instigated by the City Council (not the residents) were at first greeted with suspicion. However the partnership is growing in strength, with residents rowing in confidence in working with the Council, and addressing problems beyond the scope of the home zone project. Initially three large community meetings were held to introduce the concept and scope of the pilot and to seek representatives to guide and inform the community;
  • Public meetings are held as necessary but the representatives meet on a monthly basis. Door to door surveys plus a more targeted follow–up survey and Planning For Real exercises were conducted to establish background information and community concerns;
  • Community design workshops took place throughout 2000, resulting in a detailed plan of the home zone.

Scheme Objectives

This is a very mixed area, with some private owner–occupied housing but also some severe deprivation with high crime rates, and a lack of facilities. Until recently there was no bus service in the home zone area and certain roads suffered from rat running and excessive speed. Issues for the residents included excessive speed, parking, security and safety, dog fouling, vandalism, anti social behaviour, litter, lack of play areas and community facilities and quality of life issues.

Key Measures

Features include:

  • Raising of the carriageway to a single level over much of the area;
  • Vertical and horizontal traffic calming;
  • Use of planters and planting;
  • Environmental enhancements;
  • On–street play facilities;
  • Community space;
  • Pro–active attention to parking issues

A phased approach has been adopted for implementation starting with nine gateway features and those measures which will do most to reduce speed and change the nature of the area.

Source: Home Zone Design Guidelines, IHIE, London 2002

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