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Cash Machines

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will introduce planning guidance on the location of cash machines within new developments so as to facilitate crime reduction. (95238)

‘Planning Policy Statement 1: Delivering Sustainable Development’ (PPS1), published in 2005, places strong emphasis on the role of planning in helping to reduce crime. Planning authorities are asked to have robust policies which address crime prevention issues in their development plans. Crime prevention is also capable of being a material consideration in relation to planning applications.

The Government have also published ‘Safer Places: The Planning System and Crime Prevention’ (ODPM/Home Office, 2004), which provides detailed advice on the layout of all buildings and spaces to reduce the risk of crime, including, where appropriate, the incorporation of target-hardening measures such as CCTV, in new development. The guidance also urges planners, designers and crime prevention practitioners and the police to work together to develop solutions from an early stage in the design process.

The location of cash machines is a matter for banks and other providers, who should work closely with local authorities and, for example, the police, security industry and town centre management, to ensure that they are located in as safe an environment as possible.