General information that will help in the preparation of planning applications, providing advice on a number of pertinent highway-related matters.

Highway Development Control in Dorset

The Transport Development Management team covers the whole of Dorset, employing a dedicated team of engineers to provide highway development control advice. Please see the contact details of Highway Development Control team members across Dorset.

  • visibility splays - Information relating to the provision of sight lines at accesses and junctions onto the public highway.

  • car parking - Information relating to the geometric requirements for car parking spaces.

  • garaging - Information relating to the geometric requirements for garaging.

  • single access - Information relating to the geometric requirements for providing a new single access onto the public highway.

  • single access and lay-by - Information relating to the geometric requirements for providing a new single access and lay-by onto the public highway.

  • agricultural access - Information relating to the geometric requirements for providing a new agricultural access onto the public highway

  • formation of an access - Information relating to the formation of an access onto a public highway

  • vehicle turntables - Information relating to the provision of vehicle turntables

  • residential estate design - Highways should be designed and constructed in accordance with the guidance provided by Manual for Streets (MfS) and Manual for Streets 2 (MfS2). Applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposals at an early stage with the Transport Development Team.

Pre-application advice

We actively encourage all applicants to discuss their proposal with the Highway Authority before submitting a planning application to the Planning Authority. Discussions will result in a better chance of successful outcome and help to speed up the decision-making process after submission.

See our pre-application information sheet for further information about this service and the charging arrangements.

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