What does it all M – Muh-Muh-Muh-Mean?
Approved Document M – Access to and use of buildings: Volume 2 – Buildings other than dwellings AND Volume 1 – Dwellings
Vol 1 and 2 March 2015 (Volume 1 corrected 2016)
Approved Document M is now split into two Volumes being; Volume 1 Dwellings and, Volume 2 non-dwellings.
essentially draws everything from the previous document so has the same technical content.
(dwellings) however is now subdivided into 3 parts;
- Category 1 – Visitable dwellings
- Category 2 – Accessible and adaptable dwellings
- Category 3 – Wheelchair user dwellings
Despite the titles being fairly obvious what does this actually translate to in real terms you may ask?
Each Category address the requirements under the sub-headings of
a) approach to
b) circulation / use within
approach and circulation requirements are basically the same as was required of new dwellings complying with the superseded version of Approved Document M.
The new bits therefore are Category 2 and 3
dwellings and which Category you comply with will be which will be designated to you in your planning approval.
Under the ‘approach’ sub-headings Category 2 dwellings are required to be a little more generous. and it details car parking and drop-off requirements. Under the ‘circulation sub-heading they include a section called ‘habitable rooms’. The words ‘clear access zone’ feature heavily within this section along with example diagrams detailing key dimensions of these zones to be allowed for.
Category 3 goes one step more an essentially provides for a full wheelchair accessible dwelling.
Take a look at the difference between a Category 2 bedroom versus the Category 3 bedrooms below.