BE AWARE OF: DESIGN & ACCESS STATEMENTS

On 10th August 2006 new regulations were introduced that required most planning applications to be accompanied by a DESIGN AND ACCESS STATEMENT. Technically speaking, a Local Planning Authority can prohibit a planning application from being progressed unless such a statement is lodged.

Applications for Listed Building Consent (LBC) must always be accompanied by a DESIGN AND ACCESS STATEMENT. Where a planning application is submitted together with an application for Listed Building Consent, a single, combined statement can address the requirements of both.

D&A STATEMENTS are NOT required for changes of use only, householder applications where the site is not in some form of designated area e.g. a conservation area, and mining and engineering operations.

ENABLING PROJECTS and PETER D KYTE ASSOCIATES have been writing DESIGN AND ACCESS STATEMENTS for 20 years… we have always called them PLANNING STATEMENTS. Our Statements are comprehensive and include a full planning policy review and detailed matters such as traffic and employment assessments. They have been an essential part of our SUCCESSFUL TRACK RECORD over the years. The Statements have been used on a range of PROJECT TYPES.

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A DESIGN AND ACCESS STATEMENT is a written statement submitted with a planning application and/or a listed building consent that thoroughly assesses, describes and justifies a development project to the Local Planning Authority. The Statement, which is now a STIPULATED PLANNING REQUIREMENT, should show that the Applicant has thought carefully about issues such as design functionality massing, height and site layout, amenity spaces, disabled access, car and pedestrian access issues and how people (the end users) will be able to use the places and spaces that the project intends to create.

The Statement may also refer to community aspects, such as provision for disabled persons, older people and very young children, and whether there is any community space provision in a scheme.

The aim of DESIGN AND ACCESS STATEMENTS is to aid the provision of high quality developments and to encourage better informed negotiation and decision-making. The Government recommends that applicants should follow an assessment-involvement-evaluation-design process in their Statements, which will encourage the best possible end result in built form and space provision…

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Each DESIGN AND ACCESS STATEMENT should describe:

  • USE: What the building(s) are to be used for, a description of the use mix if more than one use is involved.

  • DESIGN & LAYOUT: Explain the design principles and concepts that have informed the development, including the site’s setting and surrounds. Also, the way in which buildings, access routes and open spaces are provided.

  • SCALE & AMOUNT OF DEVELOPMENT: How many buildings there will be, storeys, floor layout and general scheme description. Minimum and maximum building sizes and a justification of massing, height and amenity implications

  • APPEARANCE: The visual impression of the scheme and the concept behind the proposed building pattern.

  • ACCESS: Site access, parking areas, pedestrian and disabled usage, entrance and exit routes, street and pavement levels and the treatment of private and public spaces. Design and access should not be treated as separate issues.

  • LANDSCAPING: Planting and boundary treatments, designation of hard and soft surfaced areas.

  • COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS: The Statement should describe and explore the findings of any consultations that may have been carried out and state how these might have changed the scheme design.

  • OTHER CONSIDERATIONS: Such as biodiversity, air quality and employment need.

DESIGN AND ACCESS STATEMENTS for Listed Building Consent applications should be similar in format to those for standard planning applications but in addition they should have regard to the historic and architectural interest of the building and it setting.

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DESIGN AND ACCESS STATEMENTS for outline planning applications can be less detailed than those for full planning applications. However, they must still inform the general principles of a scheme from outline to the final proposal. It must explain how the Applicant has considered the appropriateness of the development on the site. The DESIGN & ACCESS STATEMENT will form a link between the outline permission and reserved matters.

ENABLING PROJECTS provides PLANNING CONSULTANCY and SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT RELATED services to support all planning applications. We have been writing DESIGN AND ACCESS STATEMENTS for 20 years!!! We thus hope that you will take time to see the links to other parts of our website.

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