Road Adoption Agreements

When a developer constructs a new road or pavement, for example as part of a new housing or industrial estate, they are required to enter into an agreement with the Highway Authority under Section 38 of the Highways Act 1980.

Also when it is necessary for a developer to make alterations to part of the existing road e.g. alterations to a junction or the construction of a new access road they must enter into an agreement.

Under the terms of these agreements the developer is required to submit plans to the Highway Authority for approval. Once the design has been approved a legal agreement is drawn up.

The agreement period is 24 months.

The developer is required to provide the Council with a bond or cash deposit equal to the construction cost of the works.

Once the new roads and footpaths have been constructed or the alterations completed the developer is required to maintain the works at their expense for a period of 12 months, after the 12 month period, the Council will adopt the highway, subject to our discretion.

For more information on road adoption contact Streetscene using the details on the right.