27th March 2003
The built environment should be accessible to everyone, says a new good practice guide launched by Planning Minister, Tony McNulty.
The guide shows how the planning system can help bring about accessible environments in which nobody is disadvantaged.
Creating such environments is not only a socially responsible thing to do - it also makes financial sense for developers by enabling better access for more people, says the guide.
Said Mr McNulty: "I want to see the planning system breaking down unnecessary physical barriers and exclusions imposed on people by poor design of buildings and places.
"Too often the needs of disabled people are considered late in the day and separately from the needs of others. We want the needs of disabled people properly considered as an integral part of the development process."
Planning and Access for Disabled People: A Good Practice Guide, priced at £15, is available from:
PO Box 236, Wetherby
West Yorkshire LS23 7NB
Tel: 0870 1226 236
Fax: 0870 1226 237
Textphone: 0870 120 7405
The guide is also available at:
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