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:
- context and context in relation to proposed use
- adopted policy for access and what has been taken into account to set
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.