Following research and consultation, The Planning (Wales) Bill proposes the removal of the mandatory requirement for Design and Access Statements (DAS) from primary legislation.
The Welsh Government has a policy to delivery of good design in the built and natural environment. In the consultation Positive Planning on reforming the planning system in Wales, it sets out a vision for a planning system which facilitates well designed development. The Design Commission for Wales was established in 2002 to promote good design.
In addition, Planning Policy Wales (PPW) sets out the national planning policy in respect of promoting sustainability through good design and planning for sustainable buildings, and sets out the role of local planning authorities in delivering good sustainable design. This is supported by the recently updated Technical Advice Note (TAN) 12: Design which provides advice for all those involved in the design of development on how good sustainable design can be facilitated through the planning system.
The Planning (Wales) Bill proposes that the requirement for DAS will still remain in secondary legislation and hence DAS will still be required to be submitted with planning applications. This approach would give the Welsh Government flexibility for the future in continuing to require DAS in the short term while they consider more effective ways to continue to raise design standards in the planning process.
This consultation paper examines the work the Welsh Government is currently undertaking in relation to design and is seeking views on how it can support its existing policies on design and inclusive access without the need for DAS.
Date: Start of consultation: 06/10/2014
End of consultation: 16/01/2015
Author: Welsh Government
DCP link: This item updates DCP section 4.132