PLANNING, DESIGN & ACCESS STATEMENTS
These statements form a document which gives greater explanation behind a Planning Application. They were introduced in 2006 to bring a depth of thinking behind proposals that were being considered. They should be started from the conception of the scheme and should evolve with the scheme.
They consider a number of subjects but principally reflect on the thinking behind the design and layout of a proposal.
These include descriptions of the proposal and a justification behind the scheme. These will include plans of the proposal so that anyone reading the report can make reference to the proposal; pictures and Ordnance survey maps may be used to further illustrate your argument.
They will include scale, layout, design, access, landscaping and any relevant information specific to your scheme. Demonstrating how the local context has been considered in your design and the likely effects on the surrounding Built Environment.
Planning Policy can be noted in these although not essential; it is however, an opportunity to put your scheme forward in light of current planning policy, these can be linked to the planning approval by condition and would have to be followed.
Depending on the scale of the proposal, statements can demonstrate how safe and accessible environments can be created either within or around a site.
They are submitted with the application and are read in conjunction with the Planning Application, they should only relate to the proposal they are submitted with. They are required for a large number of applications. We can advise you on this as the requirements are always changing. There content and length are usually dependent on the scale of the proposal.
As a rule they are required for many types of Planning Application; full and outline, new development and Change of use (operational development), they are required on Listed Buildings; however, they are not required on all householder applications unless in designated areas.
Please contact us and we will be happy to advise you if your proposal would require one.
"They consider a number of subjects but principally reflect on the thinking behind the design and layout of a proposal"