The Transport Development Control Team discharges the County Council's duties as the Highway Authority and statutory consultee on Planning Applications having transport implications.
We respond to planning application consultations from the County Council and the eight Staffordshire District and Borough Councils, including the Peak Park Planning Board. The team also has an input into Local Plan reviews, Development and Design Briefs.
When new developments are planned in Staffordshire, it is our team who assess the merits of proposals from a transport point of view and advise the local planning authorities whether proposals can be satisfactorily assimilated into the transport system. The aim is to ensure that:-
Public and highway safety interests are safeguarded
All modes of transport are considered to ensure all sectors of society are catered for;
The developer mitigates the adverse impact of the proposed development with sustainable transport and demand management solutions, including where necessary, improvements to the public highway;
We assist with local planning authorities and the house building industry in implementing aspirations set out in the Manual for Streets;
We work in collaboration with other authorities and partnering organisations to help attract investment into the County.
The team work within a policy framework and liaise very closely with Transport Planning and Policy to ensure consistency between the County Council's overall vision for an integrated and efficient transport system and the reality of what is being delivered on the ground.
Follow the links below for guidance with transport assessments and residential design guidance.
Transport Assessments and Travel Plans Guide (January 2008): provides guidance on the need for and preparation of Transport Assessments and Travel Plans.
Staffordshire Residential Design Guide (2000): provides guidance on housing layout design.
Development Works Team
This group is responsible for:
Managing legal agreements including S278 Agreements and S38 Agreements. A Section 278 Agreement is required to secure highway improvements/modifications required as a consequence of development. A Section 38 Agreement is required to enable the County Council as highway authority to take over adoption of new roads as publicly maintainable highways;
Approving the engineering design of new street works;
Advising the Traffic Commissioner, as appropriate, on Heavy Commercial Vehicle applications.
Our primary purpose is to protect Staffordshire residents from the safety and financial risks associated with highway improvements, needed to support new development and the building of new estate streets.
We also work closely with colleagues in Highways to ensure that permitted developments bring the best possible package of benefits for the travelling public.
Highways Control is based in Staffordshire County Council, Wedgwood Building, Tipping Street, Stafford. ST16 2DH