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Disability Inclusion

Disability Inclusion

Disabled access to buildings is an important aspect of Building Regulations.

The Approved Document Part M sets out technical requirements of Building Regulations including disabled access.

To find out more see:

Access for people with disabilities

Our Berkshire Accessibility By Design Guide (PDF document) offers designers advice on planning and implementation around how we shape our built environment. The guide explains the accessibility standards for developments across Berkshire. 

Design and Access Statements (DAS)   

Design and Access Statements are required for:

  • Major developments
  • Listed building applications
  • Developments within a conservation area or World Heritage Site with provision of any dwelling house or provision of a building(s) where floor space created by the development is 100m

What are Design and Access Statements?

Design and Access Statements explain the design principles and concepts that have been applied to the development, and how issues relating to access to the development have been dealt with.

Its length and content will vary with the complexity of the proposal. It is not a substitution for the normal drawings submission but can include illustrative material to support the proposal.

Design element

The DAS should explain the design principles and concepts that have been applied to the proposal including:

  • What steps have been taken to appraise the context of the development, and how the design reflects this
  • How local policies relating to access have been taken into account
  • What, if any, consultation has been undertaken, and how this have influenced the development
  • How any specific issues which might affect access to the development have been addressed   


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