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Minister demands architects help with Asbos

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A top official in the House of Lords has issued a call to arms regarding the responsibility of architects to 'design out' anti-social behaviour.

Minister for housing and planning Baroness Andrews has said that good design can unequivocally keep poorer communities 'out of care'.

The peer said in a speech at a housing conference yesterday: 'All we are doing to make places clean, and green and safe - may make a difference in the coming years to reduce housing stress.

'[It may also] keep some young people out of care, and help to create the sort of communities where anti-social behaviour is designed out and discouraged because people are more secure, better housed, more confident.'

The peer added that the creation of ODPM's 'sustainable communities' was dependent not only upon 'access to good housing and schools', but also needs to be 'tolerant and inclusive and to show and share respect'.

by Rob Sharp

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