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Planning: Crime Prevention

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 168881, tabled on 15 March 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to amend planning guidance so that construction should address the natural surveillance concept in urban environments.

Answered on

23 March 2021

The Government recognises the importance of planning and design in creating the right conditions for people to feel safe and secure. The National Planning Policy Framework clarifies that planning policies and decisions should aim to achieve places which are safe and accessible, so that crime and disorder, and the fear of crime, do not undermine the quality of life or community cohesion – for example through the use of clear and legible pedestrian routes, and high quality public space, which encourage the active and continual use of public areas.

The National Design Guide and draft National Model Design Code refer to the recommendations set out in Secured by Design, to ensure new developments create safe environments, including the need to ensure natural surveillance. The Government is currently seeking views on the draft National Model Design Code by 27 March.