Post Planning Submission
Following the submission of the planning application the Highway Engineer is often involved in the discussions between the Local Highway Authority’s Development Control Engineer and the Local Planning Authority’s Planning Case Officer. Formal consultation responses are made between these two parties and it is the role of the Highway Engineer to examine any issues raised to either address concerns or provide additional supporting information to validate the arguments put forward in the Transport Assessment or Travel Plan.
Where the Transport Assessment has identified the need for off site highway improvements or during the negotiation period these become a requirement of the Local Planning or Highway Authority it is usual for the Highway Engineer to examine these in enough detail to be able to advise his client on the likely cost implications and deliverability of the works. This is important not only for budget costs, which may impact on the viability of the project, but if additional third party land is found to be needed through a requirement of the Authority which may seriously affect the delivery of the works or the overall project.
In addition to the above the Highway Engineer will examine objections and concerns raised by local residents or by local representatives (Local and Town Councillors) and will respond to them either direct to the Planning Case Officer or via the Project Team planner.
When an application is placed before the Council’s Planning Committee the Highway Engineer may be required to represent the applicant and to give a short presentation on the traffic and transportation elements of the scheme and to be available for any questions arising from the Committee debate.
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