The proposed Big Bay Coastal Node lies within an urban region that has historically been characterised by fine grained and accessible fabric, surrounding the Blue Peter and Ons Huisie, structures that date as far back as the late 19th century. Today the historic Blaauwberg Village is abutted by an explosion of recent developments. The development of the large land parcel dedicated to the Big Bay Coastal Node offers a unique opportunity to reconsider the spirit of place and to use the critical mass to re-establish a village character. The development philosophy is supported by a well considered set of aims and objectives that take their cue from the historic West Coast context, seeking qualities that have up to now been lacking in the recent development of the area. These qualities include variety, permeability, legibility, adaptability, intimacy, and balance. The purpose of urban design is to balance public interest with private interests. A main objective of the Big Bay Coastal Node is to create an extended amenity site that has a village character and is publicly accessible.