A Design Statement is made up of site analysis, existing neighbourhood context (where required), planning context, an opportunities and constraints diagram and a design response. A Design Statement can consist of:
- Plans, sketches and diagrams: These help to analyse the proposal in context, and illustrate how the proposal responds to the attributes of the site and its surrounds
- Photos, photo montages and maps: These help to capture the existing environment and illustrate how the proposed development will integrate with it
- Words: Written descriptions, conclusions or ideas help to encapsulate the thinking and intent behind the proposed development, and provide a useful reference point later in the design process.
Design Statements range in size, technicality and formality, depending on the scale and complexity of a development proposal, and the scale and significance of potential effects.