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Government consultation on increasing the number of Changing Places Toilets


Last summer the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) consulted on increasing the provision of large, well-equipped disabled toilets, known as Changing Places Toilets in public places in England.

Although the website at that link says the consultation has closed, the background documents are available there and we have recently reopened a Survey Monkey consultation to do some targeted consultation for organisations in the sectors that will be affected by new requirements, which will take effect through statutory guidance underpinning accessibility requirements in Part M of the English Building Regulations.

MHCLG consulted on requiring these toilets in a wide range of building types including “shopping centres/malls or retail parks with a gross floor area of 30,000m2 or more, and “single retail premises with a gross floor area of 2,500m2 or more that is not within a shopping centre/mall or retail park where a facility is already required” – this would be for new buildings, or those undergoing change of use, extension by 25% area or more, or for those undergoing material alteration.

The vast majority of respondents (over 1400 – the majority being users or carers) were content with MHCLG’s proposals, but they didn’t get many responses from the retail sector, so have asked Bira to disseminate these links. MHCLG would like to get responses to this targeted consultation by 5pm on 21 February

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