Highways development management

Highways development management

The highway authority is a statutory consultee of the planning process.

Highways development management

The highways development management team is responsible for dealing with planning applications for new development, and the associated transport and highways outcomes. The service covers:

  • pre-application advice
  • undertaking consultation responses for new development
  • securing and delivering works in the existing highway
  • securing and delivering new highways
  • arranging the processing of the supervision of vehicular access

New development
The following documents provide highway advice on planning applications and pre-planning enquires:
 
Guidance to paving front gardens.pdf 639 KB (.pdf)
Manual For Streets, March 07.pdf 5 MB (.pdf)
Parking standards 1996 Document 136 KB (.doc)
Residential roads and footpaths in Northumberland.pdf 24 MB (.pdf)

Where a residential development of 100 dwellings or more is proposed, a full transport assessment will be required. For developments of 50 dwellings or more, a transport statement will be expected. In all cases, a travel plan or travel plan framework should accompany the transport reports.
 
Amendments to existing highway (section 278 agreements)
We negotiate, agree and manage highway improvement works required by new development, which is documented in section 278 of the Highways Act 1980.
New highway (section 38 agreements)

We negotiate and agree new road proposals for adoption as part of section 38 of the Highways Act 1980.

Extraordinary maintenance (section 59 agreements)
Section 59 of the Highways Act 1980 relates to the recovery of expenses due to extraordinary traffic. It provides for the highway authority to recover the cost of excess expenses incurred in repairing roads damaged by an operator causing excessive weight or extraordinary traffic to pass along a highway. In determining whether a development would result in extraordinary traffic, NCC as Highway Authority advises that the following criteria are taken into account:
 - Is the site directly accessed via an unclassified, C  or 'B' class road
 - Are there any weight, height or width limit restrictions along the access route
 - Is there a bridge or structure along the access route
 - Assessment of the need for repairs arising from an operators use of a section of highway, exceeding the use that would otherwise be expected to occur. 

Click here to see Section 59 of the Highways Act 1980
Vehicular accesses/crossing
We arrange the processing and supervision of vehicular crossing/dropped kerbs as part of section 184 of the Highways Act 1980.

Following a planning permission being granted, developments that require a new/amended access will be sent a follow-up letter regarding the vehicular/crossing process for getting the works carried out.

To apply to install a vehicular crossing (including crossings on an unclassified road, or for mobility scooters) a letter of intent should be sent to the highways development management team. Also include a site plan showing the current site and how it will look once proposed works have been completed, including dimensions.
Stopping up & diversion of highways
As part of development proposals, there may be a need to stop or divert highways or public rights of way. The council can stop up highways under parts of the Highways Act 1980, Town and Country Planning Act 1990, and divert through temporary traffic regulation order.

Applicants for stopping up under section 247 can be submitted alongside planning applications. The department for transport casework team will continue to process and determine stopping up applications under section 247, 248, 249 and 251 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

To discuss stopping up and diversion, please contact the highway development management team.
Road safety audits
The following document provides advice on road safety audits. Road safety audits are necessary where changes to the local highway network are proposed as a consequence of either the access arrangement (s278 works) or off site highway improvements (s38 works), in respect of a development scheme.

To arrange an audit, please call 01670 622979.
Contact the highway development management team