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Design and Access Statement

When is a design and access statement required?

Major planning applications except for:

• A material change of use of land or building where there is no operational development;
• Engineering or mining operations;
• Waste development;
• An application to vary or remove a condition.

Listed Building Consent applications. This statement can be combined with the Heritage Statement.

Applications in a Conservation Area for:-

• Provision of one or more dwellinghouses.
• Provision of building(s) where the floor space is 100sqm or more.

What is required (excl. listed buildings)?

A Design and Access Statement is a concise report to explain how the proposed development is a suitable response to the site and its setting, and demonstrate that it can be adequately accessed by prospective users. Design and Access Statements can help planning authorities and third parties to better understand the analysis that has underpinned the design of a development proposal.
The level of detail in a Design and Access Statement should be proportionate to the complexity of the application, but should not be long.


A Design and Access Statement must:


(a) explain the design principles and concepts that have been applied to the proposed development; and
(b) demonstrate the steps taken to appraise the context of the proposed development, and how the design of the development takes that context into account.
(c) explain the applicant’s approach to access and how relevant Local Plan policies have been taken into account. They must detail any consultation undertaken in relation to access issues, and how the outcome of this consultation has informed the proposed development. Applicants must also explain how any specific issues which might affect access to the proposed development have been addressed.

What is required (listed buildings)?

Design and Access Statements accompanying applications for listed building consent must include an explanation of the design principles and concepts that have been applied to the proposed works, and how they have taken account of:
(a) the special architectural or historic importance of the building;
(b) the particular physical features of the building that justify its designation as a listed building; and
(c) the building’s setting.

Unless the proposed works only affect the interior of the building, Design and Access Statements accompanying applications for listed building consent must also explain how issues relating to access to the building have been dealt with. They must explain the applicant’s approach to access, including what alternative means of access have been considered, and how relevant Local Plan policies have been taken into account. Statements must also explain how the applicant’s approach to access takes account of matters (a)-(c) above.

Design and Access Statements accompanying applications for listed building consent must provide information on any consultation undertaken, and how the outcome of this consultation has informed the proposed works. Statements must also explain how any specific issues which might affect access to the building have been addressed.