A recent report suggested that Housebuilders need to be more child-friendly and consider outdoor play spaces in their development designs rather than just an after thought.
The study: Making spaces for play: on new suburban and town developments used a new mapping approach to look at seven housing developments across England, including a number of well-known award-winning schemes
High scoring developments some children played continuously for several hours but on low scoring developments the number of children playing showed a tendency to decline for the longer periods of continuous play.
ZCD Architects Director Dinah Bornat said, “The analysis in this study shows that overall social use of space may increase by 50% or more on housing developments where child-friendly approaches to neighbourhood planning are incorporated, compared to those where such features are absent. In summary, design characteristics of neighbourhoods influence the amount of play observed