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Fire Statements – Part Ten – How to fill out the applicationOctober 18, 2021 10:50 am
On the 1st August 2021, Planning Gateway One was introduced, (as an amendment to the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order). This change necessitates a form called a Fire Statement to be submitted with a planning application for any development including a relevant high-rise building.
LWF’s blog series on the Fire Statements has outlined the background and implementation of Planning Gateway One, looked at the process to be followed and who should fill out the form. The blogs from Part Six onwards relate to the content of the Fire Statement form itself.
Section 6 of the Fire Statement application form requests Site Information. Part Ten of the blog series begins at the third column of the table – resident safety information – which contains sub-columns h-j.
Section 6 – Resident safety information – column h) relates to the approach to evacuation that the proposals have been designed around. The stated approach to evacuation will be considered in relation to three other columns of required information within the Section 6 table:
- Column C, proposed use
- Column E, standards relating to fire safety and approach applied
- Column J, accessible housing provided
Where more information or explanation might be helpful, it can be provided within Section 8 of the form. The response to 6/h is multiple-choice:
- Stay put
- Progressive horizontal
Section 6 – column i) relates to the use of automatic fire suppression systems. Where any automatic suppression systems are intended as a part of the fire safety provision, they should be indicated in this column of the table. The answer is multiple choice with the ability to give further information as necessary in Section 8 of the form. The options are as follows:
- Yes, residential sprinklers – full (Guidance document states in accordance with BS EN 9251:2014 Fire sprinkler systems for domestic and residential occupancies, but this was withdrawn and superseded by BS 9251:2021). This option would indicate that a sprinkler system is to be provided throughout the proposed use and storey in question.
- Yes, residential sprinklers – partial (designed in accordance with BS 9251, as above). This option would indicate that a sprinkler system is not provided throughout the whole use and storey in question, but only in parts.
- Yes, commercial sprinklers – full (designed in accordance with BS EN 12845: 2015 + A1 2019). This option would indicate that a sprinkler system is provided throughout the proposed use and storey in question.
- Yes, commercial sprinklers – partial (designed as above in accordance with BS EN 12845). This option would indicate that a sprinkler system is not provided throughout the proposed use and storey in question, but only in part
- Yes, other. This answer indicates that an alternative suppression system is proposed, information on which should be given in part 8 of the form.
It should be noted that if no fire suppression system is planned for the development, the ‘none’ option should be selected in Section 6, column i).
In part eleven of this series, LWF will continue by looking at the final sub-column of Section 6, accessible housing provision.
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. If you have any queries about your own project or wish to discuss this blog series, please contact LWF on freephone 0800 410 1130.
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.
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