Planning applications: highways information and transport statement
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To facilitate the expeditious checking of the highway aspects of development proposals, developers are encouraged to ensure that the following basic highway design information is provided as part of their planning application. Without this information, the process to check the acceptability of the highway design aspects of development proposals will take much longer and may result in formal requests from the Council for this information to be provided before the development proposals can be approved.
Connection to the public highway: All the land necessary to carry out the proposed development should be edged clearly with a red line on the location plan and must include land required for access to the site from a public highway, visibility splays, and parking.
Access arrangements: Where a new access is proposed onto an existing road, details of the access visibility splay (including dimensions) should be shown on a suitable plan, ideally to a 1:500 scale (guidance is available in the Central Bedfordshire Council Design guide - chapter 10 (PDF 3.8MB) ). Where a system of new roads is proposed, visibility splays for each junction should be shown on a suitable plan, again, ideally to a 1:500 scale.
If design layout dimensions are provided on planning application drawings, for example for kerb radii and road widths, this will limit the need for highway designs to be conditioned in the granting of planning permission thereby avoiding the need for a further application for detailed design approval.
Parking arrangements: Where the development proposals affect current parking arrangements or involve the provision of new parking bays the location and size of all parking bays should be shown on a suitable plan (guidance is available in the Central Bedfordshire Council Design guide - chapter 10 (PDF 3.8MB) . For developments with multiple occupancy a parking schedule should also be submitted to identify the allocation of individual parking bays.
Vehicle manoeuvring: turning areas should be shown on a suitable plan, ideally to a 1:500 scale, to demonstrate how large vehicles are expected to turn to allow them to leave the development site in a forward gear. For residential development an 11.5 metre long refuse collection vehicle should be used to demonstrate how large vehicle turning requirements will be met (guidance is available in the Central Bedfordshire Council Design guide - chapter 10 (PDF 3.8MB) . For sites which are to be accessed by heavy commercial vehicles, the largest vehicle expected to visit the site should be used to assess turning requirements.
For developments of 50 or more dwellings, developers should submit a Transport Statement. For developments of 100 or more dwellings, developers should submit a Transport Assessment. Transport Statements and Assessments should be consistent with the guidance given in the now archived, Department for Transport publication: Guidance on Transport Assessment (March 2007).
Further details on the thresholds required for all developments and what to include in a travel plan are available in our Guidance for Travel Plans and Transport Assessment (PDF 1.3MB) (download appendices (PDF 1.3MB) ).