The Highways section in planning gives advice on planning proposals, ensuring that developers meet their obligations relative to the development, the construction of new or altered accesses and any transport infrastructure improvements or initiatives required as part of a planning consent.
Planning applications are sent to different departments for consultation, and one of the most important is the Highways section of the planning services. It is the responsibility of the Highways section to inspect proposals with Highway safety as a prime consideration. Different levels of consideration are given for the different classifications of road and the volumes of traffic using them. Pedestrian and cyclist safety are paramount, and any improvements that can be made as a condition of a planning consent are requested.
With larger developments it is possible to ask the applicant for contributions towards strategic schemes, such as improvements to cycleways, footpaths, or to install pedestrian crossing facilities, and to contribute towards public transport improvements. Tactile paving at pedestrian crossing points and raised kerbing at bus stops to enable easier pushchair and wheel chair bus access are all considered within this sector.
All this supports the Council’s policy to raise public awareness of alternative travel modes, making walking and cycling a safe and pleasant way to move around, and to encourage the use of public transport. No longer do we design around car ownership, particularly within the more central areas of the city.