Highways and transport advice for new development

Please note that these pages provide advice on highways and transport issues relating to new development and planning applications. For advice on other highway matters, visit the Parking, roads and travel pages where you can also apply for dropped kerbs (a new access to your property).

1. Overview and contacts

Many planning applications have highway and transport implications. New developments can result in an increase in the number of vehicle movements on the highway network. This will often require the construction of new accesses, roads and footpaths and will normally generate a demand for parking.

Development must be situated in locations that are, or can be made accessible by foot, cycle and public transport. They must also have facilities and measures which ensure that staff, occupiers, customers and visitors can travel to the development by all modes of transport.

Developments must also be served by access roads, footpaths, cycle paths and parking facilities. They must be practical and safe to use and have servicing facilities that meet the development’s needs.

We therefore examine all planning applications to ensure that they don't have an adverse impact on the local highway network. They must be of safe and practical design. They must also have suitable parking and servicing facilities. They must be able to be accessed by foot, cycle and public transport, and by car.

This is carried out by the Highways team within Development Management who are:

Alex Bond
Tel: 0161 474 4906
Email: alex.bond@stockport.gov.uk

Alex deals with the east of the Borough. Including the Town Centre, Bredbury, Brinnington, Hazel Grove, High Lane, Marple, Offerton (south), Reddish, Romiley and Woodley.

Kevin Brooks
Tel: 0161 474 4905
Email: kevin.brooks@stockport.gov.uk

Kevin deals with the west of the Borough. Including Bramhall, Cale Green, Cheadle, Cheadle Heath, Edgeley, Gatley, Heald Green, the Heatons, Heavily, Offerton (north) and Woodford.

For enquiries on highways matters not relating to new development and planning applications visit parking, roads and travel.

The Highways Team also provide advice to developers at pre-application stage. They work with developers to assist in the delivery of schemes. This include new roads and footpaths, highway improvements or new transport infrastructure such as bus stops.

All development proposals should be drawn up having regard to relevant planning and highway legislation and design standards. This includes national guidance, such as ‘Manual for Streets’ and ‘Good Practice Guidelines: Delivering Travel Plans through the Planning Process’. As well as guidance produced by Stockport Council, such as the ‘Sustainable Transport’ Supplementary Planning Document.

Links to the main transport advice documents are provided in the next few pages. These will give advice to assist developers in preparing schemes. Also, they will help determine what information may be require to be submitted in support of a planning application.

Developers are advised to seek professional advice from a suitably qualified and experienced Traffic and Transportation Consultant or Consultant Civil Engineer.