Supplementary planning documents (SPDs)

Design and Access Statements SPD

Our Design and Access Statements SPD (PDF, 887kb) was adopted in 2007. Design and access statements are a legal requirement for certain planning applications and conservation area consent applications. They ensure important information is addressed before a planning application is submitted and include the design process and how certain design issues are addressed.

These statements can include:

  • safety
  • security
  • accessibility
  • the relationship between buildings and their surroundings  

The SPD provides guidance to developers and the wider community on how to prepare design and access statements for proposed developments in Southwark.

View the supporting documents for the SPD below:


Page last updated: 18 July 2024


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