Highway Consultant

Are you experiencing any of the following Highway Planning problems?

  • Inadequate highway information to validate your planning application
  • Access/access visibility problems
  • Traffic congestion/junction capacity issues
  • Inadequate parking provision
  • Problems for servicing and vehicle turning arrangements
  • Poor sustainable transport opportunities (walking, cycling and public transport)
  • Highway safety issues

These are all common highway and transport related reasons for refusing planning applications. A lack of highway and transport information submitted with a planning application may also result in the planning application not being validated by the Local Planning Authority. Sanderson Associates are specialist Highway Consultants and we professionally advise clients on all matters relating to highway and transport matters on a daily basis.

Highway Planning Considerations

Sanderson Associates provide impartial advice on highway and transport matters through consultancy services. The best way to resolve or find a solution to a highway planning problem is to first understand the issues involved and then to have the technical expertise and resources to advise clients appropriately. Sanderson’s have over 30 years’ experience providing highway and transport consultancy advice with technical staff and industry standard resources to meet client needs.

The most common hurdle at the point of planning submission is a lack of supporting information or a scheme which has been inadequately considered in highway and transport terms. It is therefore advisable to engage with a Highway Consultant at an early stage when considering a development or preparing a planning application.

Early highway and transport advice at the feasibility or the pre-planning stage of a scheme will assist with the scheme development and ensure that highway and transport matters have been appropriately considered. In turn this should assist developments through the planning process, saving clients time and money.

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

For specific problems, often the provision of empirical information such as radar speed or traffic surveys linked to appropriate design standards can resolve highway planning issues. For example, junction visibility requirements are derived from standards based on vehicle speeds. For access and servicing, computer swept path analysis is used to simulate the turning requirements of vehicles associated with the development.

National Planning Policy sets out the governments planning strategy and provides a framework for Local Authorities to set regional planning policies and when determining planning applications. National policies vary between England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. However a key requirement of development, which is consistent between all domestic Governments, is to consider accessibility by all users, with priority given to the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users. National Planning Policy sets out that planning decisions should apply a presumption in favour of sustainable development.

Within transport studies the development modal travel split can be predicted using a combination of Census data and from the use of a nationally accepted database of traffic surveys (TRICS). An audit of the existing highway infrastructure will determine any deficiencies for sustainable travel opportunities and will inform the ability to accommodate the additional demand from the development, with or without appropriate mitigation.

Travel Plans are used as a tool to encourage the use of sustainable modes of travel. The Travel Plan sets out measures designed to minimise car trips from the development and to maximise sustainable travel alternatives. Travel Plans form part of a package of measures to reduce the vehicular impact of developments on the highway network.

Whilst sustainable travel is a very important consideration for development, accessibility by vehicles continues to be highly material within transport studies. Vehicles effect congestion, air quality, noise, safety, and infrastructure requirements, including parking. Comparisons between existing, potential and proposed development traffic flows may provide data which indicates a balance of traffic flows within levels that may not materially affect the operation of existing junctions and link roads. Where the development traffic impact is significant, the 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. Often Local Authorities will seek a ‘nil detriment’ development impact on local traffic conditions and at junctions in congested locations. In these situations the Local Authority may require appropriate developer funded physical improvements to accommodate the development. Where physical improvements are not available (or desirable) to offset the adverse impacts of a development, Local Authorities may choose alternative contributions towards sustainable travel improvements as mitigation.

Current National Planning Policy considerations change the focus of the assessment of the traffic impact of developments and it states that:

'Development should only be prevented or refused on highways grounds if there would be an unacceptable impact on highway safety, or the residual cumulative impacts on the road network would be severe.'

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

Require the Services of a Highway Consultant?

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What our Clients' say:

Access Feasibility Study, Proposed Private Residential Development – Testimonial

Mon 30 September 2019

I have recently worked on a project with Karen and Ashley at Sanderson’s and they were extremely helpful, professional and worked to my extremely tight deadline. I have no hesitation in recommending this company their attention to detail and professionalism was much appreciated. Rosie Marsh (Private Individual)

Analysis of Speed Survey and Swept Path Analysis

Tue 3 September 2019

Brett and the Sanderson’s team were invaluable to us in obtaining highways consent which in part cleared the way for our planning application to be approved. They provided a proactive professional and personable approach to satisfy and fulfil the Cambridgeshire highways requirements. We recommend them and will use them again. Daykin Waters Waters Developments

Stage 2 Road Safety Audit, Residential, Staffordshire

Tue 16 July 2019

Sanderson Associates were the successful bidder for carrying out a Stage 2 Road Safety Audit on behalf of TSP Projects. Their team were committed to the tight programme, and not only did they undertake the audit and agree terms and conditions in a short space of time they were receptive and flexible with planning the […]

Construction Traffic Management Plan

Mon 15 April 2019

Sanderson Associates have been very helpful for us and our clients. They proved efficiency and competitive pricing. Thank you for your services. Andreea Raicu, Architect, Tang & Associates Ltd

Flood Risk Assessment, Testimonial, Industrial Development, Sheffield

Tue 19 March 2019

Sanderson’s were a great in helping us with our planning application for a new material silo at our manufacturing base in Sheffield. Darren was efficient and swift in his discussions with the council on the need for a flood risk assessment on the site. Darren’s knowledge of the site and surrounding area and consequent discussions […]

Travel Plan

Wed 21 November 2018

We have worked with Ashley, found the service very professional, efficient and cost-effective. We received the surveys and reports on time and were kept fully appraised with everything, excellent service all round. Recommend using Sanderson again in the future. Thank you, Al Ihsan Trust

Access Appraisal in Support of the Reinstatement of Access to a Residential Dwelling

Tue 7 August 2018

Brett, I would just like to pass on my personal thanks for the assistance you offered us in our planning application to reinstate an unused driveway into our renovation property. From the initial contact with the office staff, through the quote and the carrying out of the road survey, drawings, and associated work through to […]

Highway Technical Letter in Support of Residential Development – Testimonial

Thu 25 January 2018

Excellent service, very professional and enabled a very positive response back to the Highways Agency with a site plan we were having difficulties with. I’d highly recommend Sanderson’s. Peter Wilson, Individual

Transport Statement and Access Advice, Residential Development Circa 60 Dwellings – Testimonial

Fri 5 May 2017

During the course of the compiling the report for submission to planning I found Adam Darwin’s attitude and approach was very professional and supportive. We had several issues to resolve and I found him to respond very quickly and produce revised drawing for discussion with an excellent turnaround time. His phone manner and advice were […]

Flood Risk Assessment, Data Centre, Keighley

Wed 8 March 2017

Good communication and persistence coupled with a high level of professional expertise, has enabled what looked initially to be an insurmountable objection to be overcome. J O Steel, J O Steel Consulting, Bingley

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