From 10 August 2006 it has been a statutory requirement to include a "Design and Access Statement" with:
- Most non-householder applications for planning permission
- Householder applications for properties in Conservation Areas, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Parks;
- Applications for listed building consent
The Council, in conjunction with the other Local Planning Authorities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, has produced guidance on preparing Design and Access Statements which can be downloaded. There are three different downloads, one for each bullet point above, reflecting the complexity which will be appropriate.
1. Design and Access Statement Guidance (general)
2. Design and Access Statement Guidance (householder)
3. Design and Access Statement Guidance (listed building)
Further information on this is given in Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Circular 01/2006: "Guidance on Changes to the Development Control System".