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Road Adoptions and Private Roads

Road adoptions (Section 38 Agreements) and private roads

Road adoption is the process where developers legally designate new privately constructed roads as 'highway' (a route for public use) and hand over legal responsibility for their maintenance to the local highway authority. new roads new roads new roads

The adoption of roads is the responsibility of the Senior Highway Agreements Officer working in conjunction with the Highway Development Control team. As an authority, we aim to adopt all roads which serve more than 5 dwellings, however it is the developer's decision whether or not to offer a road for adoption.

If a road is intended to be offered for adoption, it must meet specific construction standards after the layout has been approved through the planning process. Details of these standards are available in our General Estate Roads Specification Aid. Note: This document is being updated so check details with the Senior Highway Agreements Officer.

Construction must not begin on a road to be offered for adoption until planning permission has been granted and all the highway related conditions (which may required revised details) have been discharged and the developer has entered into an agreement under Section 38 of the Highways Act in order to eventually get the road adopted.

Fees are applicable for the consent and approval processes (which includes any approvals required for structures within the highway).

 

Contact:

For further details regarding the Section 38 process and fees please contact  01234 276952 or write to Senior Highways Agreements Officer, Engineering Services, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Bedford, MK42 9AP, or email Thomas.Emmett@bedford.gov.uk

 

Alterations to existing highway (Section 278 Agreements)

In addition to the adoption of new roads, the Senior Project Engineer (S278 and Civils) is responsible for administering the process of making alterations to roads etc in the existing highway usually as a result of a planning permission.

This process requires a legal agreement under Section 278 of the Highways Act. 

Fees are applicable for the consent and approval processes (which includes any approvals required for structures within the highway).

 

Contact:

For further details regarding Section 278 Agreements and fees please contact  01234 276801 or write to Senior Project Engineer (S278 and Civils), Engineering Services, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Bedford, MK42 9AP, or email David.Bennett@bedford.gov.uk

 

Dropped kerbs

Domestic dropped kerb accesses over footways or verges generally do not require a Section 278 Agreement, but larger access junctions would be subject to this process.

 

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