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Design and access statements

The statutory requirement to submit a design and access statement (DAS) with most planning and listed building consent applications changed on 16 March 2016. This section sets out the revised requirements for when a DAS is required and what it must contain.

The requirement to submit a DAS with a planning application now only applies to the following types of planning applications:

  • All planning applications for MAJOR development EXCEPT those for mining operations; waste developments; relaxation or amendment to conditions (section '73' applications) and applications for a material change in use of land or buildings.
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  • All planning applications for development in a conservation area or World Heritage Site which consist of the provision of one or more dwellings or the creation of floorspace of 100 sq.m. (gross) or more.
  • All applications for listed building consent (LBC).

If in doubt we suggest that the planning applications section is contacted to check if a DAS is required.

The requirement for a DAS and the content of such documents forms part of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure (Wales) (Amendment) Order 2016. Guidance on Design and Access Statements has been published by the Welsh Government.

Please note that, if a DAS is required but not submitted then the planning application will be invalid. Additionally if the content of the DAS does not properly address the required content then the application will be invalid.  

Wherever possible the scope and content of a design and access statement should be agreed at the pre-application stage of development to ensure that all relevant issues are covered.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact planning applications Section on 01792 635701 or email planning@swansea.gov.uk.

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