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Planning applications - designing out crime

All major planning applications are now required to show –

You should demonstrate your approach to designing out opportunities for crime by completing a design and access statement and accompanying it with your planning application.

If you do not include a design and access statement your application may not be validated or we may need to seek further information, either of which will cause a delay in determining your application.

Humberside Police are formally consulted on a wide range of proposals and their response can be a significant material consideration in the planning application process.

Download design and access statements guidance (link opens in a new window)
Download Secured By Design Protocol between Humberside Police and Hull City Council Planning department.

View some of the main principles of crime prevention through environmental design (link opens in a new window)

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Download Secured By Design Protocol between Humberside Police and Hull City Council Planning department.

Free designing out crime advisory service

Humberside Police’s Designing Out Crime Officer (DOCO) can assist you in evidencing requirements within your design and access statement.

The DOCO is specialist crime prevention officer, trained at the Home Office in crime reduction, who deals with crime risk and designing out crime advice for the built environment.

The DOCO works with local authorities, housing associations, architects, landscape architects, planning consultants and developers to support the production of designs that address crime and security issues and minimise future opportunities for offenders.

In addition to physical security measures, the officer will consider defensible space, access, crime and movement generators all of which can contribute to a reduction in crime and disorder.

The DOCO also works closely with officers from counter terrorism to ensure that relevant applications are designed robustly to ensure safety, security and sustainability.

Please contact the DOCO as early as possible in the design/application process to discuss your design and produce a Crime Impact Report.

For free advice regarding your designs, contact Humberside Police’s DOCO or the Crime Reduction Officer for general crime reduction advice in relation to designing out crime.

About ACPO Secured by Design

Established in 1989, Secured by Design (SBD) is owned by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and is the corporate title for a group of national police projects focusing on the design and security for new & refurbished homes, commercial premises and car parks as well as the acknowledgement of quality security products and crime prevention projects.

The Secured by Design (SBD) scheme is the official UK Police flagship initiative supporting the principles of ‘designing out crime’ and is administered by the Crime Prevention Design Advisor (CPDA). It can be a planning condition that a new development achieves SBD accreditation.
The Secured by Design scheme functions on two levels –

  • a licensing scheme for products which meet police preferred specifications
  • an award given to developers who build to SBD standards

Currently there are no charges involved in seeking the advice of the CPDA or in applying for Secured by Design accreditation. The SBD guidelines, details of licensed companies and other useful information, can be found on their website

Visit the Secured by Design website (link opens in a new window)

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