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Accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to https://national-infrastructure-consenting.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/.

This website is run by the Planning Inspectorate. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this service is

This service is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.

Some people may find parts of the service difficult to use:

  • there may be some links which do not provide enough context
  • people using assistive technology may find some parts of the site difficult to navigate

The compliance status section below gives more detail on the areas of the site that are not fully accessible.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 10 working days.

If you cannot view the map on our National Infrastructure Planning contact page, call us on 0303 444 5000 or email us at NIEnquiries@planninginspectorate.gov.uk for directions.

Reporting accessibility problems with this service

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, email us at: NIEnquiries@planninginspectorate.gov.uk

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this service's accessibility

The Planning Inspectorate is committed to making this service accessible, In accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. The non-compliances are listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-Compliance with the accessibility regulations

When navigating using Dragon Naturally Speaking, the accordion cannot be expanded using voice commands. This means the content within the accordion cannot be accessed. This does not comply with WCAG Level A 2.1: 4.1.2 (Name, Role, Value). This will be fixed by October 2022

The autocomplete attribute is not prsent in some form fields. This means the form files will need to be filled in manually, which can cause difficulty for people with access needs. This does not comply with WCAG Level AA 2.1: 1.3.5 (Identify Input Purpose). This will be fixed by October 2022.

On some form pages there are multiple links withthe same link text. This does not comply with WCAG Level A 2.1: 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context). This will be fixed by October 2022.

Some pages are not coded in the right way, meaning that navigating with assistive tech could be difficult. This does not comply with WCAG Level A 2.1: 4.1.1 (Parsing). This will be fixed by October 2022.

Related links within the footer are not grouped using the < footer > element. It is important that footer elements are contained with a < footer > elements. This means that links in the footer will not be identifiable as footer links to poeple using assistive technology. This does not comply with WCAG Level A 2.1: 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships). This will be fixed by October 2022.

The 'Footer' page region is not identified with an ARIA landmark. This means that regions of a page could be missed when using assitive technology. This does not comply with WCAG Level A 2.1: 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships). This will be fixed by October 2022.

On some pages, the heading hierarchy is incorrectly structured. This means that screen reader users may miss content. This does not comply with WCAG Level A 2.1: 2.4.1 (Bypass Blocks). This will be fixed by October 2022.

Some pages are not coded in the right way. This mean that when navigating the page using assistive technology, some elements may not be announced, for example, the navigation. This does not comply with WCAG Level A 2.1: 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships). This will be fixed by October 2022.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 31 March 2022. It was last reviewed in May 2022.