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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

2. Make an appeal

The County Council may recommend that local Planning Authorities refuse applications that are unacceptable on highway grounds. If the Planning Authority accepts this advice and refuse an application, the applicant can lodge a planning appeal against that decision.

Appeals take the form of Written Representations, Hearings and Public Inquiries. Recommendations for refusal may be supported at appeals by evidence, at the request of the local Planning Authority.

You can appeal a planning decision if either:

  • you disagree with it
  • the decision wasn’t made within 8 weeks (13 weeks for a major development, for example 10 or more dwellings or a building of more than 1,000 square metres)

You can also track cases and submit comments on current appeals using the Planning Inspectorate website.

Appeals can be submitted electronically to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) at:

http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/planning/appeals/online/makeanappeal

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Last updated: 20 October 2017

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