New design site aims to help create developments for all

PUBLISHED: 13:30 07 May 2014


A NEW website helping community groups, businesses and organisations with design guidance has been launched.

North Somerset Council has set up The Access Officer, which sets out the needs of people who use public spaces, buildings or the places they live and work in from an equality perspective.

It posts articles and codes of practice for building and environmental designers and looks at physical design from gender, sexual orientation, race and all other perspectives covered by the 2010 Equality Act.

The information on the new website supports the council’s physical access policy and its work in promoting an inclusive environment for everyone.

Recently added guidance includes drawings for sports faculties and designing housing for older people.

British Standards documents can also be found on the site and they sit alongside items describing how the planning system should be working for women or black and minority ethnic groups.

Access officer, Anthony Rylands, said: “Rather than focusing on just the needs of disabled people, the aim has been to look at everyone’s needs.

“We want multi-user buildings, not simply multi-use.”

To visit the site go to and if you have feedback you wish to share after using the site contact the council’s equality and diversity team via

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