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Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Design statements to be compulsory
Announced yesterday, design and access statements will be required for all planning applications except householder, change of use and engineering and mining operations from 10 August. This is potentially very important, if planners now refuse to accept the kind of tokenist statements that I've seen for so many developments. Otherwise, as with most policy changes in planning, it'll make sod all difference.

But to help you all through the new process, our favorite people over at CABE towers have published a natty little guide to how to write a good one. Hey ho, another document for the shelf. And in a little plug for my professional life, this is one of the things that we're really good at helping with as part of our services...

Full details of what the design statements have to include are:
- The design process – how the scheme has been informed by a rigorous process of assessment, involvement, evaluation and design
- Amount – how much would be built on the site
- Use – what buildings and spaces will be used for
- Layout – how the buildings and public and private spaces will be arranged on the site, and the relationship between them and the buildings and spaces around the site
- Scale – how big the buildings and spaces would be
- Appearance – what the buildings and spaces will look like, for example, building materials and architectural details
- Landscaping – how open spaces will be treated to enhance and protect the character of a place
- Access – how everyone could get to and move through the place, and why the access points and routes have been chosen

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