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Planning Applications - Design and Access Statements

A Design and Access Statement is required for:

  • development which is major development;
  • where any part of the development is in a designated area (conservation area), development consisting of:
    (i) the provision of one or more dwelling houses; or
    (ii) the provision of a building or buildings where the floor space created by the development is 100 square metres or more.

What should a Design and Access Statement Cover?

  • the design principles and concepts that have been applied to the development; and how issues relating to access to the development have been dealt with
  • a design and access statement should explain the design principles and concepts that have been applied to the development
  • 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 as to access, and how policies relating to access in relevant local development documents have been taken into account
  • state what, if any, consultation has been undertaken on issues relating to access to the development and what account has been taken of the outcome of any such
    consultation; and
  • explain how any specific issues which might affect access to the development have been addressed

The Design and Access Statement should include:

  • a written description of the proposal and a justification for the application
  • include photographs maps and drawings help to illustrate the points made
  • make reference to the relevant planning policies in the Council's Adopted Local Plan and Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPGs)
  • provide a clear reason for any departures from planning policies in the Council's Adopted Local Plan and Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPGs).

For most straightforward applications, the statement will be short, whereas more complicated applications will require a detailed report.

The Design and Access Statement should address the following:

  • The Design Process

explain the design principles and concepts. Amount of development - how much will be built on site number of units/floor space

  • Use

the purpose for which buildings and spaces will be used

  • Layout

How the building, private/public spaces are to be arranged on site and their relationship

  • Scale

how big the buildings, and space will be in terms of their height/width/length

  • Appearance

details of materials/architectural details

  • Landscape

treatment of private and public spaces hard and soft landscaping

  • Access

access to the development to ensure equal; and convenient access to buildings and spaces and the public transport network, and access for emergency services where relevant.
 


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