Home plan aids crime defence

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
10:02 AM

The innovative layout of a 59-house development in Budleigh Salterton could result in new home owners being less vulnerable to crime and criminal damage.

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East Devon District Council planners have rubberstamped the development by East Budleigh-based Badger Homes, which includes affordable housing, on land south of the B3178.

And building work is expected to get under way in the new year.

The designs and layout have followed the principles of ‘Secured by Design’ a police initiative aimed at ‘designing out crime’ in new developments.

Similar developments around the country have led to 75 per cent less crime.

Some of the changes include ensuring that a homeowner’s view of their car, parked in communal parking spaces, is not blocked by plants or trees.

Another example is fitting windows in gable ends to increase the view, and ensuring that alley ways are removed entirely or gated.

Other changes include ensuring that sheds, garages and back garden gates are solid enough to deter prospective intruders and higher fences added.

While a ‘buffer zone’ between play areas and rear gardens would reduce noise pollution.

Emma Snow, Devon and Cornwall Police’s crime prevention design advisor, said: “Prior to submission of this planning application a meeting was held with the architect and several changes proposed.

“It is encouraging that these recommendations have been noted and the design altered to reflect this.”

She added: “Sustainability is not just about energy use but also includes creating developments which are less likely to suffer high levels of crime.

“Sustainable environments should not only be attractive but free from crime and the fear of crime.

“Research conducted by Secured by Design has proven that SBD developments are half as likely to be burgled, have two times less vehicle crime and show a reduction of 25 per cent in criminal damage.”

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