Fire Safety and high-rise residential buildings

Fire Safety and high-rise residential buildings

From the 1st August 2021, the Government introduced Planning Gateway One.  This has two key elements:

  • require developers to submit a fire statement setting out fire safety considerations for proposals that involves one or more 'relevant' buildings; and
  • require the Council to consult with Health and Safety Executive when these statements are submitted.

What is a 'relevant' building?

Relevant buildings at planning gateway one

  • contain two or more dwellings or educational accommodation AND
  • is 18m or more in height, or 7 or more storeys.

If your proposal meets the the above criteria then you will need to submit a fire statement with your application to ensure your application is validated.  A template for these statements and guidance on how to complete are available below,

Additional information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/fire-safety-and-high-rise-residential-buildings-from-1-august-2021