New development wins safety award

Places for housing at The Cotton Fields, off Farm Avenue, Adlington.
Places for housing at The Cotton Fields, off Farm Avenue, Adlington.
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A newly completed Chorley housing development has been given a prestigious safety award by local police for architecture that minimises the future risk of crime and anti-social behaviour.

The Cotton Fields development, which is off Farm Avenue in Adlington, has been given the Police’s Secured by Design award for design standards that improve safety for residents and reduce the risk of crime.

The development is a joint project between Chorley Council and Places for People, one of the UK’s largest property management and development groups.

It includes 37 high quality two to three bedroom homes for people in Chorley which have been made available for shared ownership and affordable rent.

The Police’s Secured by Design Award commends developments that incorporate design standards that improve safety and reduce the risk of future crime, for example, in the layout of a neighbourhood, its street-lighting or by the high standard of locks and doors used in the homes.

Chief Inspector Kevin Boyce, from the Local Policing Unit Lancashire Constabulary said: “‘The Secured by Design project has been applied to many high quality developments across the UK, including recently the London 2012 Olympics site and research has proven its ability to improve safety where people live and work.

“Cotton Fields in Adlington has received a Secured by Design Award, in recognition of the fact that it has been built to such high safety standards and in a way that reduces the opportunities for crime.”

Angela Aldis, Regional Manager for Places for People, said: “Places for People believe that a whole range of elements go towards making a community successful and sustainable, including the high quality design of homes and the neighbourhood they are built in.

“We are sure that this award is just the start of a very successful future for Cotton Fields.”

Coun Eric Bell, who is responsible for community safety at Chorley Council, said: “Chorley Council and Places for People have worked together with the local community to create a safe and secure development that caters for their needs and the borough as a whole.

“It is important that people feel safe and secure in their home and the council is delighted that Cotton Fields has been given this award.”