Resources For Writing A Design and Access Statement

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You may be asked at some point during your course to write a design and access statement. This post will provide you with some tips and resources to help you write a great Design and Access Statement.

What is a Design and Access Statement?

A Design and Access Statement (DAS) is a short report that accompanies a planning application. The DAS sets out your design principles and the concepts, which are split into categories amount, layout, scale, landscaping, access and appearance. For smaller schemes the DAS is sometimes only a page or so, however, on large urban planning schemes the DAS can be a large illustrated document that has had a lot of time invested into it.

Some examples of the Design and Access Statement

Some councils give examples on their websites of Design and Access Statements – you can find them here:

Sample 1 Sample 2 Sample 3 Sample 4

CABE do a very useful and informative guide which you can find here:

CABE Guide

The local council often gives detailed advice to assist with your planning application and you can often find useful guides on their websites.

A few things to consider

  • Make sure your statement is crystal clear – imagine seeing your design for the first time and explain every section succinctly and clearly.
  • Don’t go overboard with graphics but if they help the reader understand your design then illustrate the report. A picture paints a thousand words and all that!
  • Use all the resources available to you (ie, council websites and the CABE guide).

I hope you found this post helpful, if you think there is anything missing or have other points that could help people out then get in touch and let us know!

My favourite Tools and Resources

I have curated a list of some of the tools and resources I would strongly recommend for anyone studying or working in Architecture.