Highways development management

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

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
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.
We negotiate, agree and manage highway improvement works required by new development, which is documented in section 278 of the Highways Act 1980.

View further guidance on Section 278 Agreements and the fees involved. 

Please be advised that the document has been withdrawn until further notice. Matters relating to highways specification must be agreed with the Highways Development Manager. Please mark any emails for the attention of Highways Development Manager to highwaysplanning@northumberland.gov.uk.

Please note this specific amendment that will be addressed within any subsequent revision and must be reflected in any design submissions:

Carriageway Construction

  • Sub-base - 300mm minimum
  • Surface Course Hot Rolled Asphalt - 50mm minimum
Ongoing submissions are unlikely to be agreed without this amendment addressed.


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
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.
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.