New south Leeds homes to help cut crime

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Crime has been designed out of a Leeds housing regeneration project thanks to a series of new security measures.

The city council’s flagship scheme in Little London, Beeston Hill and Holbeck has been built to discourage criminals and keep tenants safe.

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The development features 388 new-build properties that have been constructed to Secured by Design standards to remove the opportunity for crime.

Each front door can be seen by residents of four nearby homes, locks have been made with robust materials and meters are located at the front of the houses to prevent bogus meter readers gaining access.

Car parking is at the front of properties and communal areas are laid out to provide open views.

Coun Debra Coupar said: “We’ve deliberately looked well beyond the bricks and mortar of the housing regeneration project to help people build a sense of community and improve their quality of life. We can only do this if they feel safe.”

West Yorkshire Police has given its seal of approval to the latest phase of building on Malvern Road. Chief Inspector Nik Adams, head of neighbourhood policing for south Leeds said: “The Secured by Design scheme sees crime prevention experts work with planning departments, architects and developers from the design stage to reduce the risk of crime in and around new buildings.

“New build homes in other parts of Leeds that have been built to Secured by Design standards have had a very positive effect on those communities and significantly reduced crime and we are sure these latest homes will bring similar benefits.”

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