Thursday, 3 February 2022
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
255. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 396 of 2 November 2021, the progress made on the review of Part M guidelines (detailed supplied); the status of the review; if the public consultation has occurred; the level of engagement achieved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5674/22]
In December 2020, in support of Government policy on advancing the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities, I established a Working Group to examine the provision of a changing places toilet in certain buildings. The Working Group has now recommended the types and sizes of buildings where a changing places toilet should be required, along with the technical requirements (equipment, room size and layout) of a changing places toilet.
My Department is currently finalising preparations for the launch of a public consultation in the coming weeks which will seek submissions, observations and comments on a proposed amendment to the Building Regulations and associated Technical Guidance Document M – Access and Use to make provision for a changing places toilet in certain buildings.