Steve Quartermain CBE, Chief Planning Officer for England has this month reminded Planning Authorities of the important role of planning in delivering a safe and secure built environment.
The letter recommends pre-application discussions between planning officers and security advisors to ensure a shared understanding of the level of risk and the sort of measures available to mitigate the risk in a proportionate and well-designed manner.
Gavin Jones, Director of¬†SABRE¬†at BRE Global¬†welcomed the letter. Gavin said ‘this is a timely reminder of the need to adopt a risk based approach to security¬†and to develop solutions that¬†address the specific and often unique requirements of a given development project.¬†Engagement of both private and public sector specialists to help shape early development proposals will ensure¬†that interventions are cost effective, operationally effective¬†and¬†compliment overall¬†planning objectives.’
BRE Global recently launched SABRE, a 3rd party security assessment and certification scheme¬†which can be used by¬†developers, their project teams, the police and planners to manage the integration of security in new development.¬†The scheme¬†is aligned with the RIBA Plan of Work, ensures that¬†planning¬†policy objectives can be met, and at the end of the process results in a globally recognised mark of approval.
Like BREEAM, SABRE is delivered by a network of independent Assessors. For further information about registering a development with the scheme, please contact [email protected]. The letter is available here.