Newark Road Residential Estates Character Area consists of a number of housing estates located either side of Newark Road, a major arterial route into the south of the city. The estates are all Modern [1967-2010 AD] with the exception of a single estate of bungalows dating to the later Post-War Period [1946-1967 AD].
Residential estates are highly autonomous with each accessed by a single road leading off Newark Road and as a result are often disconnected from surrounding areas. Estates may take the form of a single build unit, or may comprise a limited number of build units that together form a development unit. Each residential estate forms part of, or an entire, urban block, occasionally punctuated by connecting footpaths.
There are many common characteristics to the townscape of the Character Area. Properties are 1 and 2 storeys in height and 2/3 bays in width. Detached properties predominate, but buildings may also be semi-detached or consist of small groups of terraces. A variety in the built form of properties is used to distinguish one build unit from another and, on a smaller scale, to demark individual properties within build units. Properties are differentiated by the use of projections and decorations. Modern houses have a wide variety of projections with particular types common to specific build units. Decoration is also variable, including between individual houses of the same form, and includes contrasting coloured brickwork, render, artificial stone accents and decorative bargeboards.
The varied character of modern houses in the area illustrates a move by developers to design and construct individual properties, aimed at satisfying the desire of potential homeowners for a distinctive and personalised home. However, the use of standard plans, details and materials within build units demonstrates the economies of scale of mass developments and their construction with a limited range of building materials. Post-war properties are comparatively coherent and plain in character, reflecting the austerity of their period of construction.
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