Design & Access Statements

Design & Access Statements

Design & Access Statements are typically required for most applications excluding householder applications (unless in a Conservation Area) and changes of use where there are no material external alterations.

Design & Access Statements should include the following headings:

Use – What buildings and spaces will be used for.

Amount – The number of proposed units for residential use and the amount of floorspace and distribution of other uses. Where the development involves an extension to an existing building, the additional floorspace, volume and overall dimensions should be set out.

Layout – The way the buildings, routes and open spaces are provided, placed and orientated to each other. The statement should show that safety and security issues have been fully taken into account. The relationship of the buildings to adjacent streets and open spaces is particularly important.

Scale –
The height, width and length of a building in relation to its surroundings. This needs to be justified in terms of local character, Council policy and guidance and urban design principles.
Landscaping – How open spaces will be treated to enhance and protect the character of a place. The statement should consider how the landscaping can enhance the buildings and surrounding area whilst at the same time be sustainable and improve biodiversity.
Appearance – What the building and spaces will look like, for example, building materials and architectural details.
Access – The statement needs to include two potential aspects of access. That is not to say they are separate, and the statement should show that all access issues have been considered together.

Vehicular and transport links
Why the access points and routes have been chosen, and how the site responds to road layout and public transport provision.

Inclusive access
How everyone can get to and move through the place on equal terms regardless of age, disability, ethnicity or social grouping.

Benson Planning Studio has considerable experience in preparing D&A Statements and can ensure that they are appropriate in terms of the level of detail to reflect the scale and significance of the proposed development.  We follow the CABE good practice guidance to ensure our D&A Statements are clear and easy to understand.


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