Design and Access Statements

The Government introduced Design and Access Statements to improve the quality of developments and to encourage informed planning debate.

Statements are required for all planning applications and applications for listed building consent, except for application of the following types:

(a) variation of condition(s) (s73 app) this includes applications for Minor Material Amendments

(b) engineering or mining operations;

(c) change of use

(d) householder application (unless in conservation area);

(e) non-domestic extension where the floor space created by the development does not exceed 100 square metres (unless in conservation area);

(f) means of enclosure under 2m high (unless in a conservation area or surrounding a listed building)

(g) development on operational land consisting of the erection of a building where

(i) the cubic content of the development does not exceed 100 cubic metres; and

(ii) as a result of the development, the height of the building does not exceed 15 metres above ground level, or its former height, whichever is the greater; (unless in conservation area);

(h) the alteration of an existing building where the alteration does not increase the size of the building (unless in conservation area);

(i) the erection, alteration or replacement of plant or machinery where, as a result of the development, the height of the plant or machinery
does not exceed 15 metres above ground level, or its former height, whichever is the greater, (unless in conservation area)

(j) to extend time limit of existing permission.

For further information on how and when to write these statements please click the link below to the Planning Portal:

Guide to Producing Design and Access Statements

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