Design and access statement

A design and access statement is required with the following types of application only:

  1. major development
  2. one or more dwelling houses within a conservation area or World Heritage Site
  3. new building(s) within a conservation area or World Heritage Site where the floor space created is >100m2


A design and access statement is not required for planning applications involving:

  1. permission to develop land without compliance with conditions previously attached, made pursuant to section 73 of the Act;
  2. engineering or mining operations;
  3. a material change in the use of land or buildings - please note that for an application to convert a Building to residential use a design and access statement will be required;
  4. development which is waste development

Guidance and links to further information

Lawful development certificates

The design and access statement shall:

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