Planning applications – transport implications

Coronavirus- Please note

The latest Lockdown will see a continuation of home working for the Transport Development Control team. Unaccompanied site visits will continue to take place where they are safe for the individual to do so and comply with Government guidance, but any meetings with other parties will be held virtually. With a significant proportion of the team having home-schooling and/or care responsibilities there will be periods when staff are not available during conventional working hours. In addition, such staff are unlikely to have their normal capacity to undertake their duties. With this in mind, responses to consultations on planning applications will take priority ahead of dealing with pre-application enquiries over the coming 2–3 months Whilst we will continue to accept requests for pre-application advice, there may be occasions that we will have to advise that a response will not be able to be provided within our usual timeframes, and it may be more difficult in particular to respond to minor pre-application proposals.

Also, the ongoing pandemic means that traffic levels and travel patterns in East Sussex have been 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 but please note we are not likely to be able to accept any survey data collected during lockdowns.

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