Design and Access Statement

What applications must be accompanied by a Design and Access Statement?


1. Applications for major development, that involve one or more of the following—
(a) the provision of 10 or more dwelling units or if outline application and number of dwelling units is not known, the development is to be carried out on a site having an area of 0.5 hectares or more
(d) the provision of a building or buildings where the floor space to be created by the development is 1,000 square metres or more; or
(e) operational works carried out on a site having an area of 1 hectare or more; (not just material change of use)

2. Applications for development in a Conservation Area or World Heritage Site where the proposed development consists of:
              one or more dwellings; or
              a building or buildings with a floor space of 100 square metres or more.

3. Applications for listed building consent.

Not required on variation/removal of condition applications

 

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.

A development's context refers to the particular characteristics of the application site and its wider setting. These will be specific to the circumstances of an individual application and a Design and Access Statement should be tailored accordingly.

Design and Access Statements must also 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 should be included in a Design and Access Statement for listed building consent?
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.