Good planning is more important than good design Some old villages have the most delightful central 'greens', which act as a focus for community life [Fig 4.15]. This has prompted the developers of housing estates to ape their geometry and their nomenclature. But the success of the village green does not depend on shape, size or name. It depends on location, location and location. A green must be at the heart of a community. Adjoining the green, there should be: a pub, a shop, a telephone, a bench, a bus stop. A duck pond and a few ancient trees are desirable extras. So is a cricket pitch, in England .