Accessible Housing Needs Assessment SPD

Draft Accessible Housing Needs Assessment SPD

This Supplementary Planning Document provides evidence demonstrating the local need for Sites and Policies Part 1: Development Management Policies Policy DM42: “Accessible and adaptable housing and housing space standards.” The policy promotes the use of the Category Two housing standards contained in The Building Regulations 2010 Volume 1 M4(2) Category Two: Accessible and adaptable dwellings.

Category 2 dwellings are broadly comparable to Joseph Rowntree Foundation “Lifetime Homes” standards and are an optional intermediate standard set out in the Building Regulations. Importantly, there are significant differences which have a positive impact on the costs of implementing the standards (see section 5).

In accordance with paragraph 9 of The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) the policy aim is “…to create homes which provide greater choice and independent living over the long term”.

The evidence in the draft Accessible Housing Needs Assessment SPD demonstrates how this will be achieved and the benefit to the community of North Somerset from this approach. Once adopted, this SPD will have statutory weight and be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.


The consultation will be for a six week period ending on 12 October 2017. Comments on the document should be made online or by emailing or by writing to:

Planning Policy and Research
Town Hall
Walliscote Grove Road
Somerset BS23 1UJ

Comments should be submitted by midnight on 12 October 2017. Please quote the relevant paragraph number you are commenting on. If you have any queries then please contact The Equality and Diversity Team on 01934 634989, or by email:

Following this consultation any comments made will be addressed and the document amended if necessary. It will then be reported to full Council for adoption and final approval.


  • Opened
    30 Aug 2017 at 12:00
  • Closed
    12 Oct 2017 at 23:59


Organisational Information

Contact Name Anthony Rylands
Job title Access Officer for Disabled People
Contact Email
Contact Telephone 01934 634989

Project Information

Aim of this consultation -
Close Date 12 Oct 2017 23:59
Consultation Topic
  • Community - neighbourhoods, equalities, youth offending and registrar
  • Environment - building work, transport, trees and recycling
  • Housing - homelessness, housing advice and rented housing
Context for this consultation -