Design and access statements

From the 25 June 2013, Design and Access Statements (DAS) are required for:

  • Major developments (full and outline)
  • Listed building applications
  • Developments within a conservation area for the provision of new dwelling(s), or a building where the floor space created is 100m2 or more.

What is its purpose?

The purpose of the Statement is to demonstrate that due consideration has been given to design, access and sustainability aspects. The Statement should illustrate or describe the details appropriately as well as to explain and justify what is being proposed with respect to the various elements.  It should provide proof of the rigour of the design process and show that suitable provision has been made for both vehicular and inclusive access and show how the appropriate sustainable buildings standards, including the renewable energy matrix have been addressed.

What should it include?

Broadly speaking, the design component of the Statement should demonstrate assessment, involvement, evaluation and design activities with respect to the following characteristics of the proposed scheme:

  • Land use
  • Amount
  • Layout
  • Scale
  • Landscaping
  • Appearance

The access component should identify transport links and the integration with public transport as well as provision for inclusive access regardless of age, disability, ethnicity or social grouping.

The sustainability component should illustrate how the appropriate Code for Sustainable Homes or BREEAM standard has been met with respect to the following key issues:

  • Reuse of land and buildings
  • Maximising the use of natural systems
  • Conserving energy, materials and water resources
  • Reducing the impacts of noise, pollution and microclimate effects
  • Ensuring developments are comfortable and secure
  • Conserving and enhancing the natural environment and biodiversity
  • Promoting sustainable waste
  • Promoting sustainable construction

The renewable energy matrix [pdf document] should be completed for major developments (including conversions) of more than 10 dwellings or 1000m2 of non residential floorspace explaining the chosen technologies that will be used and how they will be incorporated into the design.

There are also special requirements for applications relating to heritage assets (such as listed buildings and conservation areas).

Guidance

Preparing Heritage and Design Access Statements [pdf document]