Highways planning liaison

Page updated on: 17/09/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Planning applications can be submitted as usual and are being processed as soon as possible; however, we would advise you to make online applications if able to as our offices remain closed to staff, resulting in significant delays for paper applications.

We are experiencing a backlog of applications due to lockdown which had an impact on service delivery, and saw a number of staff re-deployed to essential frontline services. Therefore, it may take a period of up to three months, on top of the usual delivery timescales, to determine applications.

The Planning Committee is currently meeting remotely twice a month in order to reduce the backlog as much as possible; and priority will be given to employment-related applications.

Site visits will only be carried out, where they are deemed necessary; along with the posting of site notices where practicable. Neighbour notification letters are being used where appropriate.

Enforcement complaints are being progressed where they are considered by officers to be of high or medium impact (for example, where there are health and safety implications) or matters that are able to progress in the absence of a site visit.

We would like to thank you for your patience during this period.

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Highways planning liaison team will:

  • Assist with statutory pre-planning enquiries submitted via our planning department.
  • Where appropriate provide advice and recommendations to our planning department as a statutory consultee on the highways and transport implications of development proposals.
  • Where appropriate provide responses to statutory pre application consultations (PAC).

Highways planning will not be able to assist with:

  • Provide a design service
  • Make the final decision on planning applications, this is done by planning.
  • Deal with road adoptions
  • Deal with highways searches 

The Highways Design Guide was produced with a view to setting out its expectations for new development in the county. It provides guidance to developers and applicants  on preparing transport proposals and providing transport infrastructure and services to support new development. It also sets out the associated requirements during planning and construction. 

The Highways Design Guide serves to provide consistent information and to speed up the application process. As noted above, Highways Planning Liaison are not able to provide direct design input, as such it is recommended that applicants and/or their agents consult this document at the earliest opportunity to inform their proposals. 

This document is to assist:

  • Developers 
  • Applicants
  • Stakeholders

It will allow you to understand and apply all aspects of:

  • potential highways impacts 
  • highways design
  • the application of appropriate local and national policy guidance

The Design guide will provide clarity on the following:

  • visibility splays
  • car parking
  • garaging
  • single access
  • single access and lay-by
  • agricultural access
  • formation of an access
  • vehicle turntables
  • residential estate design

Please email any enquiries in relation to the design of developments to Planning.

Highway Design Guide (.PDF)

Below are some examples of the considerations HPL will make when assessing development proposals:

  • Impact of the proposal on highway safety
  • Compliance with highway design guide
  • Compliance with local and national standards and policies
  • Existing and future capacity of the wider highway network
  • Compliance with the Active Travel Act
  • Accessibility of the site by all modes of transport 
  • Parking for non-motorised and motorised vehicles
  • Mitigation measures in relation to any impacts
  • Travel plans

For highways and transport related enquiries that do not involve a planning application please visit our Travel, Roads & Parking pages.