14:56 Thursday 20 December 2012

'Security shutters may increase fear of crime'

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

A PHARMACY has been refused permission to install roller shutters to protect it from burglary.

Imran Khan, of 3H Pharmacies Ltd, in Dover Road, Burton, has been denied permission by East Staffordshire Borough Council to install two shutters on its pharmacy, in Calais Road, Horninglow.

In the submission, David Bown Building Surveyors, acting as agents to the applicant, said: “Due to its prominent corner location and recent cases of vandalism and burglary, the owner is justifiably concerned about site safety, especially given the nature of his business.

“Roller shutter doors will provide safety for his stock and peace of mind, while saving considerably on insurance premiums.”

However, planning officers at the council said the shutters would create a ‘deadening’ effect on the street scene and may actually increase the fear of crime.

In a report, the planning officers said: “The East Staffordshire Design Guide states that security shutters can have a deadening effect on the street scene, increasing the fear of crime and careful consideration has to be given to their siting and design.”

The guide also states that security features should not dominate and be avoided.

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