Accessibility Issues in New Developments

Mid Sussex District Council is committed to making sure that the services it provides are accessible to all and that disabled people in particular are treated no less favourably than others in the provision of services, employment or housing.  This section of our website provides guidance regarding our planning policies and Building Regulations, which developers will need to take into account in ensuring that design issues meet the needs of the whole community, including disabled people.

Advice for Developers on accessibility requirements in Planning and Building Control Regulations

A good source of policy advice in taking into account accessibility issues in new developments is provided in the National Planning Policy Guidance.

http://planningguidance.planningportal.gov.uk/

Further information on accessibility requirements is available from the Development Control Team email planninginfo@midsussex.gov.uk  tel 01444 477019.

Building Control Regulations

Buildings must also comply with the Building Control Regulations in respect of access, internal circulation and the facilities provided.  The part M regulations can be accessed via the following link

http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/uploads/br/BR_PDF_ADM_2004.pdf  

Further information is available from the Building Control Team, email bcinfo@midsussex.gov.uk tel 01444 477354 or 01444 477346.

East Grinstead and District Access Group

The East Grinstead and District Access Group is a voluntary organisation that seek to improve access for the whole community including those with disabilities or mobility problems.  This includes wheelchair users and people with physical and/or sensory disabilities.  The East Grinstead and District Access Group comments on relevant planning applications across the District with regard to accessibility issues and publishes a useful Access Guide covering East Grinstead town and the surrounding villages.

East Grinstead and District Access Group
Email  office@egaccess.co.uk
Tel: 01342 322242
East Court Mansion 
East Court
College Lane
East Grinstead
RH19 4LT

Information about services available to disabled people, both those provided by the Council and other organisations is available through our Access for all page on our website.