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PPS 7: Quality Residential Environments
Policy QD 1:  Security from Crime

4.39 The design of new developments should seek to provide a feeling of security and a sense of vitality in all parts of the layout. To enhance security from crime, the back gardens of dwellings should be enclosed and back onto each other. Public areas such as open spaces, pedestrian routes and cycle linkages should be overlooked by the fronts of dwellings and other buildings to provide maximum surveillance. Narrow, potentially unfrequented or unsupervised routes for pedestrians and cyclists will not be acceptable.
4.40Secured by Design Opens link in a new browser window’ is a UK project for promoting the principles of designing out crime from the built environment. Developers and their professional advisers should take account of these principles in preparing schemes and further advice can be obtained from the Police Architectural Liaison Service.
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