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Design and access statements

Design and access statements are required to provide information covering the design process and physical characteristics of the scheme. The questions to ask before submitting such a statement are:

  • Does the statement show that the applicant has assessed the site's full context, including physical, social and economic characteristics and relevant planning policies?
  • Has the applicant demonstrated how they have taken account of the results of any community involvement?
  • Does the statement show that the scheme has emerged from a rigorous assessment ,involvement, evaluation design process rather than trying to justify retrospectively a pre-determined solution?
  • Would the application help to create an appropriate mix of uses in the area?
  • Would different uses work together well or would they cause unacceptable annoyance?
  • Is the density appropriate?
  • Could the neighbourhood's services support the amount of development planned?
  • Do all spaces have a purpose?
  • Will public spaces be practical, safe, overlooked and inclusive?
  • Will private spaces be adaptable, secure and inviting?
  • Will the buildings sit comfortable with their surroundings?
  • Will they and parts like doors and windows be of a comfortable scale for people?
  • Has landscaping been properly considered from the start?
  • Will it help to make the place look good and work well, and will it meet any specific aims for the site?
  • How will the development visually relate to its surroundings?
  • Will it look attractive?
  •  Will the place be safe and easy for everyone to move around?
  • Will it make the most of the surrounding movement network?
  • Has the applicant clearly described their policy approach and consultation process, whether carried out or planned?
Further information on how to write, read and use design and access statement from Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)