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Design and Access Statements in Wales: Why, What and How

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This guidance highlights good practice in the production of Design and Access Statements (DAS) in Wales.

The aim of the guidance is to:

  • outline the benefits of undertaking a DAS,
  • provide advice on what should and should not be included in a DAS,
  • suggests a structure for the document; and
  • highlights the issues it should address. 
It also contains advice for local planning authority officers, when receiving a DAS to assess, on the questions to ask to ascertain if a robust design process has been undertaken and whether design quality is evident. 

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