Disability Access

Cadw is committed to the principle of full access, wherever it is practical to provide it.  We aim to provide safe and easy access to all buildings in our care, within the limits of any particular structure. We also encourage others to put in place schemes to improve access for all people in our society, which take into account the special character of historic buildings.

Cadw believes that suitable access for all can almost always be found so long as imaginative and innovative approaches are explored fully. The aim in dealing with adaptations as part of the statutory planning process should be to seek solutions to overcome barriers in a positive way.

Cadw issued advice to local authorities and others in 2002, Overcoming the Barriers, which offers suggestions on ways to improve physical access into and within historic buildings. In the intervening period, many authorities will have developed their own guidance and practice, often in conjunction with disability groups, to enable them to consider applications for consent to alterations to facilitate access.

Guidance on the mandatory requirement to produce a Design and Access Statement with certain applications for planning permission and listed building consent is contained within the Welsh Government's Technical Advice Note 12: Design.  

Welsh Government's Technical Advice Note 12: Design http://wales.gov.uk/topics/planning/policy/tans/tan12/?lang=en