Changes to the Approved Document Part M will come into force on the 1st of October 2015
Projects that have started on site are not required to meet with the requirements. GET HEAD PROJECTS TO SERVE THE INITIAL NOTICE AND BEAT THE DEADLINE.
Look at the .If the Initial Notice is in place and the works commence within 12 months, the requirements will not apply.
The Approved Document will now be in two volumes, Volume 1 for residential properties and Volume 2 for non-residential properties.The changes for residential properties are extensive and could result in larger rooms, circulation spaces, and additional costs as many blocks of flats will be required to have lifts.
For the first time both Planning Approval and the Building Regulations are directly linked by the Approved Document. Volume one refers to three categories of building, they are:
- M4 (1) Category 1 - visitable dwellings, (Compulsory)
- M4 (2) Category 2 - accessible and adaptable dwellings, and (this is designated by planning)
- M4 (3) Category 3 - wheelchair user dwellings (optional unless designated by planning)
Unless the project at hand is a one off house where M4 (1) category can be used most Planning Authorities will require the dwelling to meet M4 (2) Category.
M4 (3) Category again is generally only required when a purpose built dwelling is built for a person with disabilities - so a one off house.
ALL new dwellings are automatically deemed as M4 (1) Category 1 - visitable dwellings and are required to meet guidance set out in Approved Document M.
The Approved Document also provides guidance for M4 (2) and M4 (3) Category dwellings, these are only applicable if the PLANNING APPROVAL requires the dwelling to be either M4 (2) or an M4 (3) Category dwelling.