Main Changes to Local Plan 2030

Policy HOU14 - Accessibility Standards (MC56)

Page 187 Policy HOU14 After Para 5.100

Admin and response to reps 1913 and 2558

Amendments to supporting text and Policy HOU14 – Accessibility Standards as follows:

5.100 In order to help to fulfil this requirement, all new dwellings created as ‘new build’, should be built to comply with a minimum of ‘level 2’ access (building regulations part M4 (2). The Council had a good of ensuring delivery of Lifetime Homes, the standards of which are now broadly reflected in the M4 (2) requirements, and houses built to this standard are designed to meet the needs of occupiers throughout their lifetime. Level 2 accessibility is intended to allow a home to be accessible by providing facilities such as space to manoeuvre a wheelchair, the availability of an entrance level WC with shower drainage and enough space for an entrance level bedspace. Level 2 homes are also built to be adaptable standards so that additional facilities such as a stair lift or hoists can be easily fitted without major cost and upheaval.

New paragraph to be added after 5.101:

In early 2017 the Council’s Housing Register revealed that 7.5 percent of those requiring accommodation required dwellings built to M4 (3b) standard. For this reason, the provision of homes to this higher standard will be set as the maximum benchmark for the affordable rented element of a development.

Policy HOU14 - Accessibility standards

Accessibility in compliance with building regulations part M shall be provided as follows:-

  1. All ‘new build’ homes shall be built in compliance with building regulations part M4 (2) as a minimum standard.
  2. In ‘new build’ properties which are affordable, a proportion of wheelchair accessible homes complying with building regulations part M4 (3b) will be required. The number of homes built to M4 (3b) standards will be dependent upon the number of households on the Council’s housing waiting list requiring wheelchair accessible homes and the suitability of the location for wheelchair users, and should be provided within the affordable rented element of the scheme, capped at a maximum of 7.5%.