Design and access statement

What is required?

A design and access statement must: 

  • explain the design principles and concepts that have been applied to the development 
  • demonstrate the steps taken to appraise the context of the development and how the design of the development takes that context into account 
  • explain the policy adopted as to access, and how policies relating to access in relevant local development documents have been taken into account 
  • state what, if any, consultation has been undertaken on issues relating to access to the development and what account has been taken of the outcome of any consultation 
  • explain how any specific issues which might affect access to the development have been addressed 

If the application is for a listed building, the statement should also include:

  • a brief explanation of how the design has taken into account the historic and special architectural importance of the building/ the particular physical features that justify its designation as a listed building and the building's setting 
  • any specific issues that arise because the building is listed 
  • if it is not possible to provide inclusive design, this needs to be expanded upon in the statement