Local Highways Authorities may require Transport Assessment Surveys to calculate whether increased traffic, as a consequence of a development, has an effect on local highways networks or road safety. If it does have an effect, and it is argued by the Local Highways Authorities that this is significant, financial contributions may be sought with regard to highways improvements in the area, possibly pedestrianisation, subsidising public bus services, traffic calming or cycle-way measures.
It is important to find out, in the first instance, if a Traffic Assessment is required, and if so, its scope.
Development can be frustrated if significant financial contributions are required, especially if this is coupled with the requirement that the developer also provides ‘social and affordable housing’ as a condition of consent. As such, some schemes may simply lack viability – Procuro Planning Services can advise.