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4. Design and access statements

A Design and Access Statement (DAS) must accompany all planning applications, except for:

  • Applications for a material change of use to land or buildings (not including operational development)
  • Engineering and mining operations; and, 
  • Householder development (except in a designated area such as a National Park; SSSI, AONB, World Heritage Site and the Broads).

It is considered that a formal statement should accompany the following types of minerals or waste planning applications:

  • Ancillary development at a quarry eg. a bagging plant
  • A waste transfer station
  • A materials recycling facility
  • An in-vessel composting site
  • A green waste windrow composting facility
  • An in-vessel composting facility
  • Development at a sewage treatment works requiring planning permission e.g. a new control building

A statement will not be required for:

  • Mineral extraction e.g. a new site or an extension to an existing site
  • Landfill - as this is a material change of use to land
  • In addition a DAS will need to accompany any application for new schools and other county council buildings including the erection of temporary classrooms.

The DAS should be one statement containing a design element and an access element.  The design should include:

  • The amount
  • The layout
  • The scale
  • Landscaping
  • The appearance of the development

The access part of the statement should demonstrate:

  • The assessment of the site and surrounding development where relevant
  • Involvement of consultees and the local community
  • How all users will have equal and convenient access to buildings, spaces and the public transport network
  • How the development can adapt to change
  • What policy has been adopted
  • Access for emergency services
  • Relationship to the Strategic Highway Network
  • Site parking and manoeuvring

Details of the statutory requirements and more detailed advice about preparing a Design and Access Statement are available in the following documents.


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Last updated: 12 March 2019

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