A significant change has been made to the way planning
applications have to be submitted. This came in to effect from
This change means you must now submit a design and access
statement with most planning applications. The statement must
contain the information listed below:
- Use amount of development
- Indicative layout
- Scale indicative access points
This change will affect most types of applications. But there
will be the following exceptions.
- A change of use of land or buildings (unless it involves
- Engineering or mining operations
- An extension to an existing dwelling or development within the
site boundary of an existing dwelling. (Except where the dwelling
is within a conservation area or a Site of Special Scientific
- Application to display an advertisement
- Tree preservation order proposals
- Hazardous substances applications.
Please note: If your application does not
contain a design and access statement it will not be accepted. It
will be sent back to you complete with your payment.
For more information and advice please contact your
local planning officer [PDF] (12K).
You may find the information in this
datasheet [PDF] (193K) useful when preparing your
More information can be also found on the following external
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