A new Part M following the Housing Standards Review

May 14, 2015

As many will now be aware, the Housing Standards Review has resulted in a new Part M in relation to dwellings.

Image courtesy of our colleagues at Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects.

Image courtesy of our colleagues at Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects.

There are now three options for accessibility standards known as M4(1), M4(2) and M4(3);  the applicable level will be decided by the planning authority.

For Londoners, the current consultation on minor alterations to the London Plan amends this to state that Boroughs should ensure 90% meet M4(2) and 10% meet M4(3) standards.  It also states that the individual Boroughs should assess the level of need for wheelchair accessible and wheelchair adaptable and identify this in their LDF policies, in order to address the M4(3) requirements.  The consultation can be found at the GLA website.

If you would like to talk to our access consultant about how the Approved document Part M Housing Standards Review could affect your housing development please email liam@proudlockassociates.com or call us on 0845 130 1669. Liam is on the National Register of Access Consultants and can assist with Access Statements, Access Auditing and Inclusive Design queries you might have.