Planning Advice Note 68: Design Statements
What is a design statement?
A design statement can be prepared for large and small scale
developments. As for every development, the applicant (developer,
urban designers, architect, landscape architect or agent), in
discussion with the client, should consider and set out the design
principles which determine the design and layout of the development
proposal. This should be done as early as possible. A design
statement enables the applicant to explain why the selected design
solution is the most suitable in the circumstances -in terms of the
building(s) and the quality of spaces created. A building may be
good architecturally but
if it is inappropriate for its context it may
not contribute to a quality place.
A design statement can be presented in various formats. It can be on one or two pages, in a small booklet, an A4 or A3 document, a fold-out sheet, a display board or a CD ROM. The approach used will be influenced by the scale, nature and potential sensitivity of the site and of the proposed development.
" A design statement should explain and illustrate the design principles and design concept of the proposed layout; landscape; scale and mix; details and materials; and maintenance. It should show, as briefly as necessary, how these will help to achieve the qualities in Designing Places. "
PAN 67 Housing Quality
Successful places are:
> Safe and pleasant
> Easy to get to and move around
> Resource efficient