Design and access statement

From April 2016 the statutory requirement to submit a Design and Access Statement (DAS) with most planning and listed building consent applications changed. 

The requirement to submit a DAS with a planning application will only apply to: 

  • All planning applications for Major development except those for mining operations, waste developments, relaxation or amendment to conditions (section '73' applications) and applications for a material change in use of land or buildings
  • All planning applications for development in a conservation area or World Heritage Site where there is provision of one or more dwellings or the creation of floorspace of 100 sq.m. (gross) or more

A DAS is not required for a reserved matters application as this is not an application for planning permission.

Please get in touch for advice if you're unsure whether a DAS is required

However, the DAS should act as a 'living document' and a reserved matters application should be accompanied by a progress statement updating any changes that have occurred since the original DAS was submitted.

The requirement to submit a DAS with a Listed Building consent application is applied in all cases except where the application is for interior works only.

This is likely to change when Heritage Impact Assessments become a requirement and the need for a DAS will be removed in most cases. 

At time of writing, this change has not taken place, we will update this page as soon as possible when we are notified of the changes being implemented by Welsh Government. 

It is the responsibility of all applicants to check the statutory requirements for any application they make at the relevant time or otherwise risk their submission being invalid.

The requirement for a DAS and the content of such documents forms part of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure (Wales) (Amendment) Order 2016.

The revised minimum requirements for the content of a DAS are set out in the in the downloads section below.

If a DAS is required but not submitted the planning application will be invalid.  

Additionally if the content of the DAS does not properly address the required content then the application will be invalid.  

Wherever possible the scope and content of a design and access statement should be agreed at the pre-application stage of development to ensure that all relevant issues are covered.  

Download Welsh Government's Design and Access Statements in Wales, June 2017  

Please contact Newport City Council's planning team for advice if you are unsure whether a DAS is required.