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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

The role of Highways Development Management

We provide an efficient and flexible service to the public, developers and planning authorities in advising on highway and transport issues in Development Management. As a responsible Highway Authority we must ensure that any new development has the minimum adverse impact on highway safety, traffic capacity, environmental capacity and convenience to transport users as a whole.

What do the Councils do?

Planning applications for most forms of development, including residential, office, industrial and retail proposals, are submitted to the District Councils for determination. The exceptions are mineral extractions, waste  and County controlled schools, which we deal with. Planning applications by members of the general public are therefore almost always submitted to their local District Councils.

What is the role of Highways DM?

The Planning Authorities consult Buckinghamshire (Bucks) County Council as the Highway Authority on the highway and transportation issues relating to development proposals.

How do we operate?

When consulted by the Planning Authority, Highways DM decides whether or not there may be transportation concerns arising from development proposals. After careful consideration, usually involving site visits and technical work, we provide a formal recommendation to the Planning Authority. This advice is then taken into account when the Planning Authority determines the application. We undertake to make a formal response to the Planning Authority within 21 days, to enable them to deal with applications within their own published target time-scales. Some applications need a significant amount of technical work and may also need further information from the applicant before such work can be completed. In these cases an extension of the time limit for a formal response may be required.

What do we take into account?

Highways DM check planning proposals against the following criteria:

  • compliance with national, County and local transport policy
  • its compatibility with road transport infrastructure
  • limiting of unacceptable road transport impacts
  • need for any developer led improvements
  • adequacy of parking arrangements
  • promoting sustainable travel
  • highway safety
  • any likely highway encroachment
  • if any road improvement lines are affected
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Last updated: 19 July 2018

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