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Design and access statements

What is a design and access Statement?

A design and access statement is a written report to support a planning application or application for listed building consent. It explains and justifies the proposal in a structured way and illustrates the process that has led to particular design choices being made.

When is a design and access statement required?

Design and access statements are only required for the following applications:

  • major developments (as defined in the Development Management Procedure Order 2015)
  • listed building applications
  • on sites within conservation areas or World Heritage Sites where the development involves:
  • one or more dwellings
  • development that creates floorspace of 100 square metres or more