Highway Consultant

Are you experiencing any of the following?

  • Access Problems
  • Excessive traffic congestion
  • Lack of parking facilities
  • Inadequate servicing and turning arrangements
  • Poor highway infrastructure
  • Lack of sustainable transport
  • Detrimental to highway safety
  • Poor or lack of construction details
  • Inadequate highway information to validate your planning application

These are all common reasons for the refusal of a planning application or which may prevent its implementation and are matters which Sanderson Associates address on a daily basis providing satisfactory solutions in over 97% of projects we were appointed on for our clients.

Solutions to Highway Planning Matters

Often the provision of empirical information such as radar speed or traffic surveys linked to the correct interpretation of the appropriate national standards can resolve planning issues as may the use of computer swept path analysis of the proposed layout for service or emergency vehicle access.

Investigation of present parking demand and the use of a nationally accepted database of traffic and parking generations (TRICS) can also determine spare capacity with reference to local authority parking standards, which are now normally stated as a ‘maximum provision’. However, the recently published National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF March 2012) states that Local Planning Authorities should take a variety of factors into account when setting their parking standards such as the accessibility of the development; the availability of public transport, local car ownership levels and an overall need to reduce the use of high-emission vehicles. In some cases this latest advice would be a switch in focus from that previously taken by the Local Planning Authority.

The provision of Travel Plans to encourage the use of sustainable modes of travel and improvements to footways, bus stops and cycle facilities can mitigate against traffic congestion and are often accepted as part of a package of measures to reduce highway impact concerns on developments.

Comparisons between existing, potential and proposed development traffic flows may provide data which indicates either a balance of traffic flows of levels that may not materially affect the operation of existing junctions and link roads. Computer modelling of priority junctions, traffic signals and roundabouts will determine the present operating capacity and any free capacity to accommodate any increase in demand.

Again NPPF March 2012 changes the focus of assessment of the traffic impact of developments as it states that

"Development should only be prevented or refused on transport grounds where the residual cumulative impact of development are severe."

This change in focus may well support a review of previously rejected proposals.

A package of construction details compliant with national and local standards can be provided ranging from the simplest vehicular footway crossing to detailed scheme plans of major highway improvements or new estate roads.

Lack of supporting documents such as Transport Assessments, Travel Plans and Transport Statements can often result in a refusal by a Planning Authority to validate a planning application leading to possible costly delays in the determination process or at its worse where applications are validated refusal on “lack of information submitted”.

Require the Services of a Highway Consultant?

We would be pleased to provide you with our competitive fee proposal to provide you with any of our Highway Consultancy services, please call us on 01924 844080 click here to complete our secure online form.


What our Clients' say:

Advice on Site Drainage

Wed 22 June 2016

We consulted Sanderson Associates with regard to a surface water drainage design issue that we had recently. They were prompt in their response to us and were able to cut right through to the heart of the problem and provide advice that was direct and uncomplicated. The information provided satisfied the requirements of the local […]

Highway Advice – Testimonial

Mon 9 May 2016

Bob came to the island as an, ‘expert witness’, in a Planning Appeal, for a sizeable property build, essentially covering the Highway issues. After meeting Bob the day before the Appeal, it was abundantly clear this chap, ‘knew his stuff’. His consummate professionalism, experience and knowledge came though at the Hearing, contributing to the process […]

Transport Report in Opposition to Proposed Large Scale Housing

Tue 5 April 2016

We commissioned a Transport Report from Sanderson’s in opposition to a proposed large scale housing development near us. Ian Ladbrooke provided professional expertise in identifying the transport issues and the flaws in the developer’s transport assessment. His input proved invaluable and ultimately the application was refused on transport grounds. The report was delivered on time […]

Swept Path Analysis, Proposed Extension to Industrial Development

Mon 7 December 2015

As an independent property developer I was asked for a swept path analysis to aid my planning application. I googled and found Sanderson Associates, never had I heard of them before. I have to say from the start they were extremely professional and very prompt. I asked for many amendments on my analysis at the […]

Residential Development and Agricultural Access

Wed 16 September 2015

In my work as a planning consultant, I have come across a number of intransigent highway officers. Engaging Sandersons has allowed me to overcome these problems and secure planning consent for some difficult sites. They offer efficient and professional service which I can thoroughly recommend. Adrian Rose, Rose Consulting

Swept Path Analysis – Residential Development

Wed 5 August 2015

 Many thanks for the final swept path analysis drawings. Can I also say that its been a pleasure, and we will definitely use your services again on future projects. Richard On behalf of C E Gilbert & Son Developments Ltd

Swept Path Analysis

Mon 27 July 2015

We are a small civil engineering consultancy mainly involved in the design of housing developments. We often require swept-path analysis in order to satisfy local councils that their vehicles will be able to access the development. We send our site plans to Darren at Sanderson Associates who always provides a fast, efficient and consistent service. […]

Planning Appeal Rebuttal, Proposed Residential Property

Mon 13 July 2015

 We initially engaged Sanderson’s to carry out a traffic survey to support a planning application. They were recommended by our architect and their quote was very reasonable compared with other survey companies that we approached. Unfortunately, the initial survey was sabotaged when the monitoring tubes were pulled up by an unknown third party. Sanderson’s recommended […]

Flood Risk Assessment, Residential Development

Mon 15 June 2015

Sanderson Associates has provided us with a very professional service, and has always responded extremely quickly and efficiently to our client’s requirements. Laura Elias, Assistant Planner, CBRE Ltd

CPD Seminar Highway Development Control and Flood Risk

Tue 31 March 2015

I would like to thank the Team at Sandersons for providing CPD Seminars on Highway Development Control and Flood Risk to our Chartered Surveyors. The content of each meeting was both relevant and informative and gave useful, practical guidance on each topic. It is clear that Sandersons have a wealth of knowledge and expertise in […]

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