Protecting crowded places

This publication was withdrawn on 7 March 2014

Archived and replaced by the new planning practice guidance launched 6 March 2014 on an external website.

This guide gives advice about counter-terrorism protective security design.



This guide is aimed at anyone involved in the planning, design and development of the built environment. It covers the preparation of local planning policy to the commissioning, planning, design and management of new development schemes through to detailed building design.

While it draws largely on good practice examples from England and refers to legislation that applies to England, this guide will be of interest to the devolved administrations.

Previously published in March 2010, the main changes to the guide are the references to the contributions protective security can make to mitigating the impact of firearms attacks.

‘Protecting crowded places’ is jointly published with the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure and the National Counter-Terrorism Security Office.