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Government to scrap Design and Access statements for most works


I reside on several design review panels across London Boroughs, and in some cases, the panellists are required to review schemes (some controversial/some small) by inclusion of wall mounted drawings and a presentation by the planning officer, minus Architect or Applicant. In these cases, the D&A forms an invaluable narrative and explanation for decision making both wrong and right. Invariably, a well formatted D&A reads true and reflects highly upon the application and design team to deliver quality, and in many cases this reassurance is important to local authorities. The current system is not infallible, and many abuse the format as a means to entice the poorly trained and the lay into thinking the scheme is delivering more than it can. The D&A is also often an excessive drain on resource and time. However, if programmed into the design development correctly and used as a record of progress, recycled regularly, it should not be a burden. Instead, a useful reference mechanism for the team, client and stakeholders. My view remains that the D&A is a useful and necessary tool. It provides an important reference tool for both local authorities and the wider community, and instils a degree of referential rigour allowing those reviewing, insight into chronic deficiencies within applications. A sense of proportion is all that is required however, and this isn't just a matter of scale, it is a matter of complexity.

Posted date

13 June, 2013

Posted time

8:09 am


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