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Development control

Development Control, or Development Management (in Scotland), is the element of the United Kingdom's system of Town and Country Planning through which local government regulates land use and new building. It relies on the "plan-led system" whereby Development Plans are formed and the public consulted. Subsequent development requires Planning permission, which will be granted or refused with reference to the Development Plan as a material consideration.

Documents listed in this section cover Land–Use and Transport Implications, Legislative Frameworks, Roles and Responsibilities, Agreements with Developers, Planning Obligations and Planning Gain. You can refine your search by selecting a narrower topic heading listed below 

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Involving the Public and Other Stakeholders

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The purpose of these guidelines is to encourage and enable practitioners to engage more effectively with those who stand to be most directly affected by the work they undertake. Whether in relation to policy, strategy or scheme design, involving the public and other stakeholders can result in many practical benefits, and it is important that practitioners appreciate these benefits rather than consider that ‘consultation’ is simply an ideological and/or a legal burden placed on them from on high.

Secondary Doc. 04/06/15 CIHT Add icon
Surface Dressing Code of Practice

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This sixth edition of the Code of Practice has been produced by the RSTA Surface Dressing Technical Committee. It has been reviewed in the context of the European Standard for Surface Dressing BS EN 12271 published in September 2006 along with the national guidance document PD6689:2009. This document has been peer reviewed by ADEPT Soils, Materials, Design and Specifications Committee. To the highway engineer, surface dressing offers a quick, efficient and cost-effective way of maintaining skid-resistant and waterproofing road surfaces. To obtain the best results it is necessary to give careful consideration to a wide range of detail and to plan and design the work carefully. The speed of the surface dressing operation and the short duration of time during which motorists are inconvenienced is also an important issue. The purposes of surface dressing are to waterproof the road surface, to arrest disintegration, to provide texture, and provide a skid-resistant surface. This latter quality can play a major part in accident reduction and was highlighted by the initiative of the Department of Transport in 1987 when the Minister introduced minimum mean summer SFC values for motorways and trunk roads. The importance of surface texture as provided by surface dressing has been highlighted by TRL report LR 286, which stresses that texture depth is important under both wet and dry conditions. Up to date guidance is available in the Design Manual for Roads & Bridges (DMRB): Volume 7 HD 28. The DMRB is available on line at A useful way of comparing the effectiveness of a dressing, or other maintenance work, is to express it in terms of a ‘cost life index’. This is the cost per square metre of the work divided by the service life in years. It provides a measure of the “value for money” which the highway authority is achieving. A low ‘cost life index’ and “high value for money” is the result of high-quality work. The purpose of this Code is to identify the important aspects of the process, and to refer to other documents relating to good surface dressing practice and so give practical guidance on achieving high quality.

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Circular 02/2013 The Strategic Road Network & Delivery of Sustainable Development

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The new policy replaces Circular 02/2007 Planning and the Strategic Road Network, and DfT Circular 01/2008 Policy on Service Areas and other Roadside Facilities on Motorways and All-purpose Trunk Roads in England.

Primary Doc. 11/09/13 Department for Transport Add icon
Why does the outdoor environment matter?

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If an older person cannot get out and about locally, they are at risk of becoming a ‘prisoner in their own home’. This four-page, full-colour booklet gives an overview of all I'DGO One and I'DGO TOO research findings on why getting outdoors matters to older people and what key features of the environment help or hinder them in doing so, day-to-day. The text addresses how the design of gardens, streets, neighbourhoods and open spaces can make a difference to older people’s wellbeing and quality of life, covering topics such as: tactile paving; intelligent road crossings; ‘DIY’ and other shared space streets; residential outdoor space; access to neighbourhood green space; the provision of bus stops and shelters; and footpath design and maintenance. It also includes key messages and implications for professionals and policy makers, short notes on sample size and methodology and details of the research team and its partners.

Research 26/04/12 Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I'DGO) Add icon
Investigating the potential health benefits of increasing cycling in the Cycling City and Towns

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This paper presents the results of analysis of the CCT Evaluation Baseline Survey results by independent expert Nick Cavill in collaboration with DfT social researchers. The analysis investigates the potential for delivering public health benefits through increasing cycling amongst different population groups. It then explores the size and characteristics of those groups to inform the targeting of cycling interventions. The results are relevant to local authorities who are making the case for investment in cycling, and considering how best to design schemes to realise the health benefits of cycling.

Research 24/04/12 Department for Transport Add icon
Traffic in Villages Toolkit

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Traffic in Villages is a new publication produced by Dorset AONB Partnership and written by Hamilton-Baillie Associates. It has been written as a toolkit to help Parish Councils and local groups understand the core principles for reducing speed, improving safety and retaining local distinctiveness. We hope that Traffic in Villages will help develop new working relationships between communities and highway authorities by equiping communities with the tools to look closely at their issues and begin to consider new solutions. It is illustrated with case studies and practical advice and includes a checklist to help local surveys. The Toolkit extends the key principles of Manual for Streets and Manual for Streets 2 to support rural communities coping with the impact of traffic in villages and small towns.

Primary Doc. 06/12/11 unknown Add icon
Alternatives to Travel

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Summary of the Government's next steps on alternatives to travel, following the Call for Evidence issued earlier in 2011. This document is published alongside a summary of responses to the Call for Evidence. Alternatives to travel are measures which can reduce or remove the need to travel, particularly for work, including commuting and business trips and travelling during peak times. The travel alternatives that are within the scope of our current work include: Home working and remote working; Flexible working and staggered hours (in order to reduce travel during peak periods); Tele conferencing, video conferencing and web conferencing; Any other alternatives to travel which can help reduce work-related travel.

Primary Doc. 17/11/11 Department for Transport Add icon
Planning for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games

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Traffic Commissioners have been working closely with road transport trade associations and Transport for London to offer practical advice to help road haulage operators plan for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As part of this, during October and November 2011, Traffic Commissioners will be writing to all road haulage operators who have environmental conditions attached to one or more operating centres on their operators licence to ensure those businesses are planning for the Games, given the additional restrictions they have on their operations, and to encourage them to start planning now.

General Information 01/11/11 Department for Transport Add icon
Community Infrastructure Levy: An overview

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This document sets out the purpose of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and how it is intended to operate.

General Information 09/05/11 Department for Communities and Local Government Add icon
Inner City Safety Demonstration Project

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The Inner City Safety Demonstration Project (ICSDP) is part of a family of Department for Transport sponsored road safety demonstration projects, each conceived to address specific road safety issues. As the last major project to be identified, it was very much seen as the final stepping stone in tackling road safety in difficult environments with the inner city project considered the 'ultimate challenge'.

General Information 08/03/11 Department for Transport Add icon
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