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Highway development control advice

General information that will help in the preparation of planning applications, providing advice on a number of pertinent highway-related matters.

Highway Development Control in Dorset

The Transport Development Management team covers the whole of Dorset, employing a dedicated team of engineers to provide highway development control advice. Please see the contact details of Highway Development Control team members across Dorset.

  • Visibility splays - Information relating to the provision of sight lines at accesses and junctions onto the public highway.

  • Car parking - Information relating to the geometric requirements for car parking spaces.

  • Garaging - Information relating to the geometric requirements for garaging.

  • Single Access - Information relating to the geometric requirements for providing a new single access onto the public highway.

  • Single Access and Lay-by - Information relating to the geometric requirements for providing a new single access and lay-by onto the public highway.

  • Agricultural Access - Information relating to the geometric requirements for providing a new agricultural access onto the public highway

  • Formation of an Access - Information relating to the formation of an access onto a public highway

  • Vehicle turntables - Information relating to the provision of vehicle turntables

  • Residential Estate Design - Highways should be designed and constructed in accordance with the guidance provided by Manual for Streets (MfS) and Manual for Streets 2 (MfS2). Applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposals at an early stage with the Transport Development Team.

Pre-application Advice

Dorset County Council actively encourages all applicants to discuss their proposal with the Highway Authority before submitting a planning application to the Planning Authority. Discussions will result in a better chance of successful outcome and help to speed up the decision-making process after submission.

See our pre-application information sheet 2016 for further information about this service and the charging arrangements.

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