Award win shows North Prospect is safe as houses - as Phase 4 funding confirmed

We’ve won a top award for our work to ‘design out’ crime in the regeneration of North Prospect.

The announcement comes as we receive confirmation that we’ve been given government cash for half of the funding of Phase 4, our final phase of the scheme.

The double win shows our mission to rejuvenate one of the most-deprived areas of Plymouth has been a success.

We beat off stiff competition nationally to scoop the Best Large Homes development category at the National Secured by Design (SBD) awards.

We worked with crime prevention initiative SBD to ‘design out’ crime when we began regenerating North Prospect in 2010.

The results have led to residents feeling much safer in their homes and communities.

Gina Reynolds, who has recently moved to Phase 3 after 25 years of living in Phase 4, said: “When I first viewed this home, I thought it was just right for me. I love the fact there’s a chain on the front door.

“It’s very open around here – light and airy and not dark and there are no alleyways. It’s really homely. I feel happy and safe here.”

Nick Jackson, PCH Director of Business Services and Development, said: “This is fantastic news and shows that the hard work we’ve done to regenerate the neighbourhood has had long-lasting impacts.

“We know residents have warmer, more modern homes to live in but feeling safe and secure in your surroundings is also important.

“The funding from Homes England for Phase 4 is further good news. It proves that our hard work to enhance North Prospect and the lives of people on the estate is worthy of investment.

“We’re in talks with other key partners and we look forward to making announcements soon about further funding.”

Plymouth City Council has also agreed a £1m contribution and we are hopeful of a grant from the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund to complete this final phase.

Paul Shepherd, Plymouth Police’s Designing Out Crime Officer, said: “This win reflects all the work done to design out crime which has led to a reduction of overall crime since 2007.

“This was due to the work put in by the police, PCH, architects, developers and city planning officers.”

As well as the construction of 1,127 new homes – a mix of affordable rent, shared ownership and open market sale – the five-phase development of North Prospect has also seen the addition of community benefits like the Beacon hub and new play areas. 

Phase 3 (Southern Gate) is due to complete this spring and the demolition of Phase 5 (Briarwood) is now complete.

SBD’s advice included:

  • clearing streets of large mature trees and front garden hedges and replacing them with railings
  • designing living rooms to overlook cars
  • getting rid of alleyways at the rear of gardens so there were no hiding places
  • installing quadruple locking systems, chain locks and spy holes on front doors
  • fitting letterboxes to stop thieves using rods to ‘fish’ for car keys left inside
  • installing external lights and a robust sliding key-operated lock to the garden gates
  • fitting U-bolts to lockable sheds to protect bikes, motorbikes and mowers

 Pictured: Gina Reynolds in her new home