De­vel­oper aim­ing to cre­ate a safer, crime-free com­mu­nity liv­ing

Northants Evening Telegraph - Property - - FRONT PAGE -

WWE all want to live in places that are safe, se­cure and at­trac­tive – and to­day’s new home de­vel­op­ments can help to en­cour­age a sense of com­mu­nity and re­duce the risk of crime.

That is the mes­sage from house­builder Bar­ratt Northamp­ton, which says it is now giv­ing higher pri­or­ity than ever be­fore to de­vel­op­ment lay­out when cre­at­ing new places to live.

Bar­ratt care­fully plans to achieve the cor­rect bal­ance be­tween pri­vacy and com­mu­nity, cars and pedes­tri­ans. Not only does get­ting the right bal­ance en­cour­age neigh­bourli­ness, it also dis­cour­ages crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

“Our aim is to cre­ate safe, se­cure and at­trac­tive com­mu­ni­ties where peo­ple as­pire to live, and de­sign has a cru­cial role to play in that,” said Paul Walker, sales di­rec­tor at Bar­ratt Northamp­ton.

“We want to build friendly places to live, where peo­ple get to know their neigh­bours. Not only do thought­ful de­vel­op­ment lay­outs im­prove the qual­ity of life for res­i­dents, they can also help to de­ter anti-so­cial or even crim­i­nal be­hav­iour.”

The Pas­tures, at Lyve­den Way, Corby, com­prises four-bed­roomed houses priced from £188,995. The sales of­fice is open daily from 11am to 6pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Bar­ratt’s range of ser­vices to help you move, please call the sales hot­line on 0844 811 3399, open seven days a week, from 8am to 9pm. Al­ter­na­tively, visit­

Schemes are judged on a range of de­sign cri­te­ria in­clud­ing:

Do the build­ings and lay­out make it easy to find your way around?

Are the streets pedes­trian, cy­cle and ve­hi­cle friendly?

Are pub­lic spaces over­looked and do they feel safe?

“In re­cent years we have earned a rep­u­ta­tion for the qual­ity and de­sign of our award-win­ning de­vel­op­ments,” added Paul. “Now we are aim­ing to raise the bar again.”

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