Design and access statements: NE England case study

Paterson, Elaine (2011) Design and access statements: NE England case study. Proceedings of the ICE - Urban Design and Planning, 164 (3). pp. 155-161. ISSN 1755-0793

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Since August 2006 planning regulations require developers to submit a Design and Access Statement (DAS) with most applications. A DAS is intended to assist design decision making in the planning application process by clarifying the design approach of the applicant from the outset. The aim is to facilitate greater common understanding by all concerned by making the process and outcome of decision making more open, rigorous and sustainable. This paper seeks to investigate the background of government intervention in design decision making through planning. It then specifically investigates whether DAS are in fact perceived as improving decision making from the Local Planning Authority (LPA) perspective, as well as the developer perspective, using primary data from NE England. Comparisons are made with a recent national study by the Planning Advisory Service on DAS. This reveals different viewpoints on the extent to which the introduction of DAS is helping the design decision making process. Developers are more critical than LPAs, but all perceive some value in the process and offer views on potential improvements.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainability, planning and scheduling, design methods & aids
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2010 13:23
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 11:16

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