Last edited 03 Aug 2021

Fire statement

On 2 August 2021, a new requirement, known as planning gateway one, came into force to ensure that relevant high-rise developments consider fire safety at the earliest stages. The government describes this as part of biggest changes to building safety regulation in 40 years.

Developments involving high-rise residential buildings must now demonstrate they have been designed with fire safety in mind before planning permission is granted. This information will be submitted as part of the planning application in a fire statement.

Local planning authorities must seek specialist advice on relevant applications from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as the statutory consultee on fire safety, before a decision is made on the application. In future, this role is likely to become part of the new Building Safety Regulator.

Fire statements support consideration of information on fire safety matters as they relate to land use planning matters only (such as site layout, water supplies for firefighting purposes and access for fire appliances). Information should be focussed and concise, specific and relevant to the development, and proportionate to the scale, type and complexity of the proposal. It should demonstrate that thinking on fire safety matters, as they relate to planning, has been incorporated into the planning application.

The level of detail and focus of information should not contain the breadth and depth of information on fire safety which will be submitted at building control application stage.

Fire statements must be submitted on a form published by the Secretary of State (or similar) and contain information including:

More guidance is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/fire-safety-and-high-rise-residential-buildings-from-1-august-2021

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