What is an Access Statement? 

An Access Statement (commonly referred to as DDA Statement, Disability Access Statement or Disabled Access Statement) is a statement relating to a new development which details the main design and any potential access issues posed.

The Access Statement should be prepared at the early stages of a design and detail the relevant design standards for accessibility, as well as pointing out any key issues that need to be addressed through design. The access statement may also define the though process in arriving at using alternative designs, where best practice is not achieved or is deemed to be unachievable. 

What is a Design and Access Statement and what is it used for?

​A Design and Access Statement is a document required by the Planning Department of Local Authorities as part of almost all planning applications except from simple householder applications. The document sets out the complete design approach, including disabled access considerations and such, it should include an Access Statement within. 

What is included within an Access Statement?

  • Design guidance that is to be followed

  • Key access issues and solutions that are adopted

  • Justifications where alternative solutions are adopted

  • Management or maintenance procedures

Our Access Consultants are always happy for a follow up discussion after preparing your access statement, should you have any questions or queries. If you would like to have an Access Statement prepared or would like to improve the accessibility of an existing premises, get in touch with our friendly accessibility team today for initial advice or fill in the form below for a FREE, non-obligation service quote.

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