Design & Access statements

Design and Access Statements (DAS) need to accompany most planning applications to explain how high quality design and accessibility issues have been addressed.

Preparing a Design & Access statement

A DAS must clearly explain the design principles and concepts applied to the layout and scale of a development. It must also appraise the amount of the development and its:

  • landscaping
  • appearance
  • context and context in relation to proposed use
  • adopted policy for access and what has been taken into account to set the accessibility

It must also explain:

  • how issues affecting access have been addressed
  • how the existing transport network will be used for access
  • why the main access points have been chosen
  • how access will be maintained

If a DAS is not submitted with the application it will not be registered.

Design and Access Statements are not needed for:

  • extensions to dwellings (unless in a conservation area)
  • changes of use
  • engineering or mining operations

Further information on Design and Access Statements is available from the Planning Portal.

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