Major development

In planning, major development is defined as:

  • The provision of 10 or more dwelling houses
  • Outline application on a site area of 0.5 hectares or more and where the proposed number of dwellings has not been specified
  • The provision of a building or buildings where the floor space to be created by the development is 1,000 square metres or more
  • Development carried out on a site having an area of 1 hectare or more

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure (Wales)(Amendment) Order 2016 requires that a Design and Access Statement (DAS) must:

  • Explain the design principles and concepts that have been applied to the development
  • Demonstrate the steps taken to appraise the context of the development and how the design of the development takes that context into account
  • Explain the policy or approach adopted as to access and how policies relating to access in the development plan have been taken into account
  • Explain how specific issues which might affect access to the development have been addressed