Building and landscape design

One of the factors affecting planning permission is the design of buildings or extensions. A well-designed building is likely to be much more attractive to your neighbours and will add more value to your home.

A design and access statement is a concise report that you'll need to accompany certain types of applications for planning permission and listed buildings consent. You use them to explain how your proposed development is suitable for the site and setting. 

The government has produced a series of design and access statements that you must complete as part of your planning application. You can download our planning application forms here.

You don't need design and access statements for all types of development. We recommend that homeowners and developers use our pre-application checking service to determine which statements are required for planning permission and to speed up the application process.

You can apply for pre-application checks for the following developments: