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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The ongoing COVID-19 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 will only be able to provide high level advice, subject to our general planning application workloads.


Planning applications – transport implications

There is 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. 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. 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.

COVID-19 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, 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. See our representations on planning applications page.

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.

Please note: we know the files below might not be suitable for users of assistive technology. 

If you use a screen reader or other assistive technology, please contact Transport and Development Control and we will try to help.

Request for pre-application advice [150.8 KB] [pdf]

Pre-application advice guide and charging schedule - from April 2022 [288.0 KB] [pdf]

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  Transport Assessments, Transport Statements and Transport Reports document [99.5 KB] [pdf].

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.

Guidance on travel plans for new development [580.5 KB] [pdf]

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:

Guidance for parking at new residential development [377.2 KB] [pdf]

Car parking demand calculator [4.6 MB] [xls]

Map of East Sussex wards [1.1 MB] [pdf]

Guidance for parking at non-residential development [671.1 KB] [pdf]

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.

Access to transport models [341.0 KB] [pdf]

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.

Safety Audit Policy for Developments [247.0 KB] [pdf]

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  [822.6 KB] [pdf]

Contact us

For any further information please contact:

Transport Development Control

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