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Important news - Changes to shared space guidance

Department for Transport have requested that Local Authorities pause the introduction of new shared space schemes which incorporate a level surface, in which the kerb between the road and the pavement is removed. This pause will allow them to carry out research and produce updated guidance. They have also suspended the guidance note Local Transport Note 1/11: Shared Space while this work takes place.

Buckinghamshire County Council has made the decision to implement the pause on shared space schemes, with the following exemptions:

  • Raised junctions, speed tables etc.
  • Toucan, pelican crossings etc.
  • Cul-de-sacs and closes serving 25 properties or less
  • Schemes where the contract to construct has already been awarded

For more information please visit the DfT’s website - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/inclusive-transport-strategy

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3. Section 38 Agreement

A Section 38 Agreement (Highways Act 1980) requires a developer to enter into an Agreement with the Highway Authority for the construction of new roads and footways to be offered for adoption.

We will not normally process an application for a Section 38 Agreement before Full or Reserved matters planning approval has been issued.

For the majority of schemes a Stage 1 and 2 Road Safety Audit is required.  The cost of the audit must be fully borne by the Developer. It is the County Council’s preference for Transport for Buckinghamshire to be used for Road Safety Audits. For further information please email roadsafety@buckscc.gov.uk 

Until a road is adopted, it’s maintenance remains the responsibility of either the developer/owner and/ or home owners along the road

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Last updated: 27 July 2018

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