Planning Advice Note 77: designing safer places

Planning Advice Note (PAN) 77 provides advice on how planning can help to create attractive well-managed environments which help to discourage antisocial and criminal behaviour.

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Peebles, Scottish Borders photo
Peebles, Scottish Borders
Planning is only one mechanism within a range of other processes that can help to create safer places, but it is an important one. When combined with other measures, good planning and design can make a significant contribution to reducing the fear and incidence of crime.

In most cases, taking account of crime prevention in the planning process does not require particularly sophisticated or obtrusive measures. A number of general design principles can be considered against the circumstances of the local area in order to provide new developments which can effectively reduce crime and enhance personal and community safety. A co-ordinated approach between local authorities, the police, the community, and any other relevant stakeholders, is a vital factor in the successful delivery of safer places.

Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross photo
Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross
Greenbank Village, Edinburgh
Greenbank Village, Edinburgh


Architecture and Design Scotland
Glasgow City Council
Homes for Scotland
Michael Laird Architects
Royal Bank of Scotland
Scottish Forum of Police Architectural Liaison Officers
Scottish Retail Consortium
The Royal Town Planning Institute


Enquiries about the content of this Planning Advice Note should be addressed to Suzanne Stephen, Scottish Executive Development Department, Planning, 2-H, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ (0131 244 7148) or by e-mail to: Further copies may be obtained by telephoning 0131 244 7543. A copy of this PAN is also available on the Scottish Executive planning website at


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