Planning applications – transport implications

Coronavirus- Please note

The ongoing coronavirus situation means a reduced level of resource in the Transport Development Control team. As a result we may not be able to provide our usual level of service for pre-application advice. We are unable to complete site visits and meetings and therefore will only be able to provide high level advice, subject to our general planning application workloads.

Coronavirus also means that traffic levels and travel patterns in East Sussex will be affected. As such traffic surveys at this time will not reflect actual flows and network operation. Please contact Transport Development Control if you want to discuss the use of trip data in relation to a planning application you are putting together.

Planning applications

When a new development is planned, we make sure that any impact on the road network is taken into account. We consider access to local facilities, shops and schools and the possible effects of a development on road safety and congestion. We then decide whether improvements to the transport network are needed.

Representations that the County Council submits on planning applications will be made available through the relevant planning application files on the Local Planning Authority websites.

Pre-Application Service

The County Council welcomes and encourages discussions with a developer before submission of a planning application to a District or Borough Council or a County Matter application to the County Council.

Transport Assessments, Transport Statements and Transport Reports

In order to accurately assess the likely impact of any planned development there are a number of documents that should be considered and submitted with a planning application:

Guidance on carrying out transport reviews in support of planning applications is provided in our document Transport Assessments, Transport Statements and Transport Reports.

A Walking Cycling and Horse-riding Assessment and Review- (formerly Non-Motorised User Audit) in accordance with GG142 may also be required in support of major development proposals to identify on and off site opportunities for improved non car accessibility.

Travel Plans

When new developments are planned, it is vital to consider accessibility to local facilities and services, schools and shops. Travel plans aim to encourage walking and cycling use of public transport and the use of Travel Plans have been reinforced by the National Planning Policy Framework.

Parking Guidance

Parking can often be a contentious and emotive issue when assessing a planning application. Guidance details for both residential and non-residential developments can be found below:

Transport Modelling

For some of the major towns in East Sussex we have developed transport models for many areas of East Sussex. These models can be used to assess the transport impact of new development proposals.

Safety Audit Policy for Developments

This Policy sets out the County Council’s procedure for the consideration of developer proposals requiring the support of a Road Safety Audit.

Trip Generation – TRICS

To identify the specific impacts of a planned development we recommend that the national TRICS database is utilised when compiling transport data.

Find out more from the TRICS website.

Refuse and Recycling Collections

The removal of refuse is an important consideration in the design and construction of a new development. Guidance for property developers in relation to refuse and recycling collections can be found below:

Good Practice Guidance for Refuse and Recycling Collections

Contact us

For any further information please contact:

Transport Development Control

Phone: 01273 482254
Email Transport Development Control