Almond Avenue/Westwood Drive is a quiet suburban residential area with a coherent townscape mainly comprising detached and semi-detached houses set in large gardens. The gardens, along with grass verges and a landscaped green area give a green appearance to the Character Area, although there is a good sense of enclosure resulting from the houses being mostly set on the same building line with small gaps between them. The Character Area represents the 1950s and 1960s continuation of the suburbanisation process that had led to the creation of the adjacent Swanpool Garden Suburb. Housing is very similar in terms of architectural style despite comprising various build units; there is little detailing on facades, and houses are of almost identical scale, although those adjacent to Swanpool Garden Suburb have more detailing on the facades. Further unity is derived from the exclusive use of brick as a building material although the colours used vary. The Character Area is relatively isolated from the rest of the city by its strong boundaries, and by road access being limited to that via Skellingthorpe Road.
There is an exceptional vista from a track at the end of Hartsholme Drive across open fields and trees, low level industrial buildings and graduating rooflines up hill towards the Cathedral, with the wide skyline punctuated by the Cathedral, the observation tower on the Castle, Westgate water tower and Mill Road windmill. This vista can also be seen from the rear of the properties along the north side of Westwood Drive.
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||Post-war (1946 to 1966 AD)
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