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Design and access statement

Used to explain the design principles and concepts that have been applied to a development and to demonstrate how specific issues which might affect access to the development have been addressed.

When required

  • planning applications for Major developments (Erection of 10 or more dwellings, development of more than 1000 square metres or site area of more than 1 hectare)
  • planning applications in a conservation area providing one or more dwellings
  • planning applications in a conservation area providing a building or buildings where the floor space created is 100 square metres or more
  • all applications for listed building consent

Guidance

The design and access statement should demonstrate the steps taken to appraise the context of the development and how the design of the development takes that context into account.

Explain the policy adopted regarding access together with how policies relating to Access for All have been taken into account.

State what consultations you have undertaken on issues relating to access to the development and how these have been taken into account.

Design and Access Statements for applications for listed building consent

The design and access statement should explain the design principles and concepts that have been applied to the development taking account of:

  • the special architectural or historic importance of the listed building
  • the physical features of the building that justify its designation as a listed building
  • the setting of the listed building
  • issues relating to access to the building, including any alternative means of access that may have been considered