With one of the most experienced Fire Safety teams in the UK, we provide Gateway One Fire Statements to support planning applications.
A Gateway One Fire Statement is required for all developments in England that include high-rise residential buildings.
This requirement became mandatory in August 2021 following an amendment to the Town and Country Planning Act.
A Planning Gateway One Fire Statement must be included for all applications for full planning permission which involve :
+ provision of one or more relevant buildings, or
+ development of an existing relevant building or
+ development within the curtilage of a relevant building
Relevant buildings are those which contain two or more dwellings or educational accommodation and meet the height condition (18m or more in height, or 7 storeys or higher).
In addition to the national planning requirement, the London Plan 2021, which applies to all 32 London boroughs, also requires a fire statement. Policy D12 Fire Safety requires that :
‘All major development proposals should be submitted with a Fire Statement, which is an independent fire strategy, produced by a third party, suitably qualified assessor’
In comparison to the nation Gateway One Fire Statement, the London Plan Policy D12:
+ applies to all land uses
+ applies to a lower size threshold
+ requires more fire safety elements to be demonstrated as part of a planning application (all Fire related Building Regulations B1 to B5).
The wider requirement of the London Plan extends the scope from Major Developments to Householder and non-major developments. In this latter category the requirement is for a Reasonable Exception Statement (RES). The RES should clearly set out which policy criteria is not relevant to the development and why.
Applications for outline planning permission are exempt from the requirement to submit a fire statement because matters such as layout and scale can be reserved.
Further Advice on Gateway One Fire Statements
For the Government’s guidance on Fire safety and high-rise residential buildings, click here
To commission a Gateway One Fire Statement please call our Enquiry line on 020 4534 3130.
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To commission a Gateway One Fire Statement please call 020 4534 3130.
For further information on Gateway One Fire Statements or advice in respect of your obligations as a building owner, developer or manager, please contact :
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