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Highways development planning

3 August 2015

Hampshire County Council considers the transport implications of major planning applications across the county. This includes:

  • responding to district and borough councils on major applications
  • assessing and monitoring development-related travel plans
  • working on major development projects

Pre-application services for developers

The County Council operates a pre-application highway advice service for developers. There are charges for some pre-application services.

Consultation with the Highway Authority

This document sets out the way that Hampshire County Council, as the local highway authority (LHA), provides consultation responses on planning applications. The purpose of the document is to provide clarity to the planning authority on when and how to consult the LHA on planning applications which have an impact on the operation of the public highway (the highway). The primary focus of the LHA will be on applications that have a material impact on the safe and efficient operation of the highway and securing appropriate mitigation.

The level of advice provided by the LHA when consulted on planning applications will vary depending on the scale, location and nature of the proposals.

For details on our consultation requirements please see Notification to local planning authorities document Microsoft Word 536kB which includes Standing Advice for certain applications.

Assessment of highway implications

Hampshire County Council is consulted on all strategic planning applications throughout the County.  The 11 District and Borough Councils in Hampshire consult the County Council as local highway and transport authority to consider the likely transport impact of proposed developments as part of their decision-making process.

The Council provide recommendations on each major planning application based on the evidence supplied by the applicant and also considers a variety of measures to be implemented in order to mitigate against any predicted impact of development.

These mitigation measures are typically paid for through calculated transport contributions (see Transport Contributions Policy) and can include improvements to the road network, pedestrian access, cycle routes and public transport services.

Other mitigation measures are also considered such as Travel Plans. The commitment to undertake or fund these measures is established in a legal agreement between the County Council and the developer. For more information on the various types of agreement that can be entered into please see the Legal Agreements page.

It is not always possible to agree mitigation measures and sometimes development is simply not acceptable for either highway, transportation or land use policy reasons. In these circumstances planning applications maybe refused by the local council, and the  application then determined at an appeal. The County Council is regularly involved in the appeal process providing evidence at hearings and public inquiries.

Transport Assessments detail the estimated impact of developments on the highway network by studying existing transport infrastructure and the current traffic situation and then predicting the effect that the proposed development would have on this existing situation. Transport Assessments are submitted as part of a planning application and form part of the Council’s considerations with regards to the transport implications.

For details on the thresholds for an application requiring a Transport Assessment please see the Thresholds page.

Legal agreements

Legal agreements are used to ensure that the developer provides adequate funding to mitigate against any adverse effects on the transport network as a result of the proposed development.  Legal agreements are also required if the developer is to carry out any works on the highway.  The two main agreements that are used for this purpose are:

  • section 106 Agreement (used to secure financial contributions and/or works and/or travel plans)
  • section 278 Agreement (which allows a developer to carry out works on the highway)

Please see the Legal Agreements page for more details.

Travel plans

Travel plans are one way in which the impact of a proposed development can be mitigated and are a package of measures designed to encourage the use of more sustainable modes of transport such as walking, cycling, bus usage or car sharing in addition to considering smarter working measures such as flexible working, teleconferencing and home working.

The County Council assesses travel plans that are submitted in support of a planning application and then monitor the effectiveness of these plans as they are implemented.  In terms of monitoring it is the developer or occupier’s responsibility to collect the relevant monitoring data and to present reviews to the County Council.  For further information please see the Workplace Travel Plans pages.

New housing and highway adoption

Roads on new estates are built by developers to allow residents of the new houses to get to their properties from the existing highway.

Further information

Standards for developers and engineers

Standards for designing and constructing roads, for further guidance please see our information for developers.

Contact details

If you wish to contact us email highways.development.control@hants.gov.uk or alternatively use our contact centre to phone us on: 0300 555 1375.