Saxon Reach, a new neighbourhood being built by L&Q in Milton Keynes, received the award from Secured by Design, which works to improve the security of buildings and their immediate surroundings.
The award, which is the highest ranking available, was based on the layout of the development, which was expertly designed with the safety of visitors and residents in mind.
The homes face onto public open space, providing clear visibility and non-intrusive natural surveillance throughout.
The layout of the development was designed to encourage people to feel safe whilst walking, with well-lit and clearly defined pavements and paths, and no dark alleyways or corners.
Craig Luttman, Deputy Group Director of Development and Sales at L&Q said,
“We believe in building homes and neighbourhoods which offer people the opportunity to live a better life. Saxon Reach was designed with that in mind.
“From the homes themselves, which are built to a high-quality specification, and are larger than average. To the place itself – a welcoming neighbourhood where people can come together and feel safe. We’re delighted that Secured by Design have recognised this with this prestigious award.”
Construction started at Saxon Reach in February 2019 and is due to be completed in November 2023. In June 2020, the first residents started moving in.
The development consists of 225 new homes, a mix of market sale, shared ownership and affordable rented housing. Set near picturesque Wavendon, on the outskirts of Milton Keynes, the scheme forms part of the 2,900 home Glebe Farm development area being master planned by L&Q Estates. Alongside homes, this is set to deliver a range of retail and commercial facilities alongside a new school.
Saxon Reach will ultimately deliver 225 high quality homes in the form of one to five bedroom homes available through Shared Ownership and Help to Buy, creating a thriving new district on the outskirts of Milton Keynes. Part of the wider Glebe Farm development area, a growing new residential quarter for Milton Keynes, which will meet the demands of the budding town. Glebe Farm will deliver new retail and commercial facilities, and an extension of the Milton Keynes Redway system – a 200-mile network of shared use paths for cyclists and pedestrians. Perfect for families, the site will also be home to a new school – welcoming children from primary age up to the end of secondary school.