Equalities Act advice

All new buildings, including extensions, should have access suitable for disabled people in order to assist them in leading full, active and independent lives.

In addition to the statutory requirements there are many aspects of a building which generally affect the disabled and designers are asked to be made aware of them. Advice on compliance is readily available from the building control section.

For more information please refer to the Access and use of buildings (Approved Document M).

Designers wishing to depart from the guidance contained in Approved Document M should provide an Access Statement with the application. This should illustrate the reasons why conformity cannot be achieved and the method adopted to overcome these deficiencies.

For further guidance please refer to BS 8300 'Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people-Code of Practice'.