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DCAN 11(Draft): Access for all - Designing for an Accessible Environment
Annex D - Draft Development Control Advice Note 11 Screening for Equality Impact Assessment (Page 2 of 3)

2.0 Screening Analysis

Screening aims to identify those policies, which are likely to have the greatest impact on equality of opportunity and community relations. This is assessed against the nine categories listed below:
  1. Persons of different religious beliefs
  2. Persons of different political opinions
  3. Persons of different racial groups
  4. Persons of different ages
  5. Persons of different marital status
  6. Persons of different sexual orientation
  7. Men and women generally
  8. Persons with a disability and persons without
  9. Persons with dependants and persons without

2.1 Initial inclusion of DCAN 11 in Equality Scheme

Following preliminary screening, revised DCAN 11 was initially included in the Department’s Equality Scheme approved by the Equality Commission on 8 February 2001. At this time it was anticipated that an Equality Impact Assessment of the DCAN would be required.
As indicated above however the DCAN is not of itself a policy document. The relevant policy is contained in draft PPS 3 ‘Access, Movement and Parking’, which itself was screened for EQIA in December 2002. This concluded that there would be no significant implications for equality of opportunity or community relations.
For these reasons and in view of the length of time since the initial screening the Department considers it prudent to subject the revised DCAN 11 to re-screening to determine whether a full EQIA is necessary.

2.2 Re-screening Process

The following questions need to be addressed in respect of the groups set out in 2.0 above. Preliminary research would suggest the following responses to the questions.

2.3 Is there any evidence of higher or lower participation or uptake by different groups within any of the nine categories?

YES �     NO ��     (please tick)
The Department considers the guidance contained within the DCAN will not have a differential impact on any of the groups within the Section 75 groups in relation to participation or take up.

2.4 Is there any evidence that particular groups have different needs, experiences, issues and priorities in relation to the particular main policy areas?

YES �     NO ��     (please tick)
The DCAN provides guidance to assist the creation of a more accessible environment that will help developers and applicants in drawing up proposals for planning permission, where these involve public access and parking. In this regard, the Department considers that the DCAN will not have a differential impact on any of the Section 75 Groups.
For the public in general, the Department considers that the guidance contained in the DCAN will have indirect positive effects and the Department has identified the following 4 groups as those which may have different needs, experiences, issues and priorities:-
  • Persons of different ages;
  • Men and women generally;
  • Persons with a disability and persons without; and
  • Persons with dependants and persons without.
The guidance in the DCAN is specifically aimed at assisting the creation of a more accessible environment for people with disabilities. Following this guidance will however also benefit others, such as the elderly, carers, parents with small children, people with temporary mobility problems (e.g. a leg in plaster) or simply those carrying luggage or heavy shopping.

2.5 Is there an opportunity to better promote equality of opportunity or good relations by altering policy or working with others in Government or the community at large?

YES �     NO ��     (please tick)
Legislation aimed at ending discrimination against disabled people is contained in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA). The draft DCAN seeks to raise greater awareness about the implications of the DDA and other legislation.
The draft DCAN has been drawn up following discussions with Disability Action, the Equality Commission and the Chief Building Control Officers Group among others. Such discussions were used to assess the potential impact of the revised guidance and to ensure that it will meet the aim of assisting the promotion of a more inclusive environment with access for all.
It should be noted that planning control is demand driven. As such the Department cannot require anyone to make a planning application to improve access to their premises, rather the Department’s role is to assess proposals against published policy and guidance. The DCAN seeks to ensure that whenever and wherever proposals are presented for consideration these are designed to assist the creation of a more accessible environment.

2.6 Have consultations in the past with relevant groups, organisations or individuals indicated that particular policies create problems which are specific to them?

YES �     NO ��     (please tick)
As indicated above the Department has at various levels, held beneficial discussions with Disability Action and the Equality Commission, among others. Both these organisations have represented the interests of people with disabilities and are therefore aware of their views in respect of access needs.
The guidance in the DCAN seeks to incorporate best practice in the promotion of access and parking for all. Public consultation on the DCAN will allow all those groups with an interest to provide further comment.
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