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Wheelchair accessible shower rooms

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Tom Copley Tom Copley Labour

Following your response to question 2019/17582, are you able to say what proportion of wheelchair accessible buildings have fully accessible roll-in wet room showers?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The Government prescribed wheelchair user dwelling standard M4(3) (as required by London Plan policy) does generally require every M4(3) dwelling to provide, on the entrance storey, a wet room (which may be a WC/ cloakroom or a bathroom) that contains a WC, a basin and an installed level access shower (Approved document M volume 1. Paragraph 3.37).

However, is not currently possible to state exactly the proportion of M4(3) dwellings that provide a wet room installed with a level access shower, as this is dependent on a number of factors including whether the dwelling is built to M4(3)(b) wheelchair accessible dwelling standard, or M4(3)(a) wheelchair adaptable dwelling standard (in which a bath is likely to be provided over a level access shower). Data currently collated does not disaggregate between the two M4(3) dwelling standards.

Going forwards, the new London Development Database will collate data on how many dwellings are built to M4(3)(a) wheelchair adaptable standard and M4(3)(b) wheelchair accessible standard at point of completion, so in the future it will be possible to state with more certainty the proportion of dwellings which are likely to provide a level access shower, although with the caveat that occupants may alter the bathroom accommodation to suit their needs.