Since 1st April 2015 applications which either meet the determination of a major development or are located within a designated area (i.e. a conservation area, an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), a world heritage site and an are of townscape/or even village character) and are for the provision of 1 or more houses or buildings where the floor space created by the development is 100sq metres or more now under Article 6 (2) of the Planning(General Development Procedure) Order 2015 the developer must provide a design and access statement.
Failure to provide this a design and access statement may potentially invalidate any subsequent grant of permission whether one has been requested by the appropriate planning authority or not.
DoE has prepared Development Management Practice Note 12 to guide planning officers and other agents through the key requirements of a D&AS .
The guidance recommends the following design process:
The full Development Management Practice Note 12 document can be viewed below in the attached link.
Whether requested by a Council to provide one, more developers/agents should perhaps be advising their Clients to provide one for all applications that meet the criteria for a design and access statement.