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Design and Access Statements

What is a Design and Access Statement?

 

A Design and Access Statement shows that you have thought carefully about how everyone, including disabled people, older people and very young children, will be able to use the place you want to build.

 

Without this information certain applications will be considered incomplete and will not be registered (and the application won't be determined).

 

All planning applications must be accompanied by a design and access statement, other than applications for:-

 

  1. A material change in the use of land or buildings, unless it also involves operational development

  2. Engineering or mining operations

  3. Development of an existing house or flat (including incidental developments within the curtilage of a dwelling or flat), or within the curtilage of an existing house for any purpose incidental to its enjoyment, unless any part of the dwelling house or its curtilage is within a designated conservation area, an area of outstanding natural beauty or site of special scientific interest

  4. Applications for the approval of reserved matters – UNLESS details are required by condition(s) attached to an outline planning permission

  5. Advertisements, Tree Preservation Orders, Hazardous Substances Consent.

  6. Applications to develop land without compliance with conditions previously attached (S73 applications);

  7. Extension to non-domestic building where floor space to be created by the proposal        does not exceed 100sq. metres, unless any part of the site is within a conservation area or SSSI;

  8. Erection, construction, improvement or alteration of a gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure where as a result of the development the height of the gate etc does not exceed its former height or 2metres above ground level whichever is the greater; unless it involves development within the curtilage of or to a gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure surrounding, a listed building, or unless any part of the site is within a conservation area or SSSI;

  9. Development on Operational land consisting of the erection of a building where: the cubic content does not exceed 100 cubic meters and does not exceed 15metres in height above ground level or its former height whichever is the greater unless any part of the site is within a conservation area or SSSI;

  10. Alteration of an existing building where the alteration does not increase the size of the building unless any part of the site is within a conservation area or SSSI;

  11. Erection, alteration or replacement of plant and machinery where as a result of the development the plant etc does not exceed 15metres in height above ground level or its former height whichever is the greater unless any part of the site is within a conservation area or SSSI;

  12. Application for extensions of time for unimplemented permission granted on or before 1st October 2009 and which has not expired;

  13. Application for extensions of time for outline planning permission granted on or before 1st October 2009 and which was subject to a time limit under S91 or S92 of the Act that has not expired and in respect of which development has begun in accordance the reserved matters approved under that permission which is required or expressly permitted to be implemented in phases.

 

All applications for listed building consent must be accompanied by a design and access statement - see below for details.

 

Where a Design and Access Statement must accompany the application, the application will not be considered as being made until a completed Design and Access Statement has been submitted. In judging whether a statement is acceptable it would be helpful if it generally followed the main headings set out below in the attached document.

 

We will not be able to determine an application without this information.

 

How to write a Design and Access Statement

 

If you need to know more about Design and Access Statements, for example, how to write, read and use them, please refer to the Design and Access Statements please refer to the document below.. 

Contact Details

  • Development Management Support Officer
  • Council House, Saltergate, Chesterfield, S40 1LF
  • Telephone 01246 217178