NEW security measures at a Listed church plagued by anti-social behaviour have been approved.

Over the Summer the Diocese of Leeds applied for permission to fit CCTV cameras and new security fencing at St Cuthbert’s in Heaton.

The application to Bradford Council said: “The church, presbytery and church hall have suffered from vandalism and anti-social behaviour for many years with copings to walls and steps having been destroyed and the car park between the church and the church hall is regularly used by local youths for drinking and drug taking.”

The Diocese had been awarded funding for security measures at a number of its churches.

Historic England initially raised concerns about the security fencing planned for the Grade II listed building, but after a design more sympathetic to the 1890s building was submitted – the heritage body supported the scheme.

Planning officers said: “Although the proposal will result in some minor intrusive visual impact, this is balanced against the need for improved site security to mitigate against anti-social behaviour and to protect the heritage asset from harm.”