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Fire Statements – Part Fifteen – How to fill out the application

November 22, 2021 11:55 am

As of the 1st August 2021, an amendment to the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order was made, known as Planning Gateway One, which means changes were put into place for some planning applications. From that date, a form called a Fire Statement should be submitted with a planning application for any development including a relevant high-rise building.

LWF’s blog series on the Fire Statements has looked at background, implementation and, from part six onwards, how the Fire Statement form should be filled out.

In part fifteen of this blog series, we discuss Section 14 of the Fire Statement form, which is the final section.

Section 14 of the Fire Statement form requires the inclusion of a ‘Fire Service Site Plan’. The plan should illustrate the situation of various elements in relation to the ‘Site Layout Plan’ required in Section 5 of the form. The blocks should be numbered as per the Building Schedule referred to in Section 6 of the form.

The following elements should be marked on the ‘Fire Service Site Plan’:

Emergency road vehicle routes/tracking;

The siting of appliances for firefighting purposes;

Main fire personnel access points to buildings;

The placement of any dry or wet risers;

Fire evacuation assembly points;

Any firefighting lifts or evacuation lifts;

Any water hydrants that the proposals are reliant upon and the associated distances.

It is important that the plan be consistent with other plan drawings and information submitted.

The first part of Section 14 asks whether the ‘Fire Service Site Plan’ is provided as a separate plan or inserted into the form itself.  Where it is provided as a separate plan, the plan number and/or title should be stated.

The Fire Statement Form should be signed and dated upon completion by the person who completed the fire statement and whose details were given in Section 3 of the form.

This concludes LWF’s blog series on Planning Gateway One and the Fire Statement Form. If you have any queries about your own project or wish to discuss this blog series, please contact LWF on freephone 0800 410 1130.

Links to all Fire Statement blogs are as follows:

Part One – Planning Gateway One
Part Two – What are the relevant buildings?
Part Three – What detail is required?
Part Four – The application process & advice
Part Five – Preparing to fill out the form
Part Six – How to fill out the application
Part Seven – How to fill out the application
Part Eight – How to fill out the application
Part Nine – How to fill out the application
Part Ten – How to fill out the application
Part Eleven – How to fill out the application
Part Twelve – How to fill out the application
Part Thirteen – How to fill out the application
Part Fourteen – How to fill out the application
Part Fifteen – How to fill out the application

LWF’s blog series on Fire Statements includes information on the type of buildings affected by the changes, details on what information must be included and provides an overview of the application process and form.

Lawrence Webster Forrest is a fire engineering consultancy based in Surrey with over 25 years’ experience, which provides a wide range of consultancy services to professionals involved in the design, development and construction and operation of buildings.

While care has been taken to ensure that information contained in LWF’s publications is true and correct at the time of publication, changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information.

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