Design and Access Statement

Planning application requirements


A Design and Access Statement is a short report accompanying and supporting a planning application that should seek to explain and justify the proposal in a structured way. The level of detail required in a Design and Access Statement will depend on the scale and complexity of the application, and the length of the statement will vary accordingly.

Guidance can be found on GOV's design and access statement page and on Design Council website.

When required

  • Applications for major development
  • Applications for development in a designated area, where the proposed development consists of:
    • one or more dwellings or
    • a building or buildings with a floor space of 100 square metres or more
    • applications for listed building consent.

Legislation/Policy drivers