Access Statements

Tracey Proudlock on February 9, 2016
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Access Statements

Access Statements are an essential part of planning applications for most large public developments. Proudlock Associates offer the expertise and experience you need to prepare them.

Access Statements* are a way to proactively follow UK laws that outline the
standards for disabled access, which is more important than ever.

When you need an Access Statement

Expect to need an Access Statement if your application is for any development:

● residential
● commercial premises
● public venue
● has a change of class use
● requires a Heritage Statement

Purpose of an Access Statement

An Access Statement outlines how your proposed development will:
● be inclusive
● address disabled peoples’ needs

A concise report that sits within the overarching ‘Design and Access
Statement’, it will explain;

● details of the proposed changes
● how inclusion and access for disabled people will be part of the development

The statement will develop as the proposal does. This provides a record of
inclusion and access as the design evolves.

Other uses of an Access Statement

An accurate, concise Access Statement is a valuable document. You can also
use it to further develop:

● the Design and Access Statement for planning
● the required Building Control submission
● a handbook or guide for disabled people using the development
● marketing material to attract positive interest in your proposal

Writing an Access Statement needs expertise in:

● legal requirements
● construction
● inclusive design
● accessibility issues

*Access Statements are also called Disability Access Statements. They are
distinct and different from Access Audits.

We’ve got that expertise, so contact Proudlock Associates today for details on how we can help.