Planning Service, design and access statements
The Planning Service will look at the building in its wider environment, including:
- location of the building within a site and site gradient
- relationship of the building with other adjoining buildings
- checking that entrances and exits are accessible and easy to find
- ensuring paths around and access to buildings are sufficiently level and firm, and that safe, accessible crossing points will be provided
- that the details and materials to be used for external features such as parking, open spaces, street furniture, external lighting and access routes are appropriate
- access to public transport - how accessibility by different forms of transport has been considered, from drop-off point to the door
- car parking - that parking will link safely with footpaths to avoid unnecessary vehicle / pedestrian conflicts, and that street furniture will not create obstructions.
PAN 78 - Planning and Building Standards Advice Note - Inclusive Design provides information and advice on how places can be better designed to create an inclusive environment.For more information contact Planning and Building Standards Headquarters.