Shropshire Council

Planning applications - consulting the highway authority

When a planning application affecting a highway is received, the Highways Development Control team is consulted. The team checks that the application complies with national and local guidance to ensure highway safety is maintained.

If in the opinion of the team the application is likely to result in a reduction in highway safety, the team will recommend that the application be refused. Applicants can submit a pre-enquiry to the team before they submit a planning application. Find out more from our pre-application advice pages.

Why would you make a pre-enquiry?

You can get advice from the Highways Development Control Team to ensure that your application doesn't compromise highway safety and is acceptable to the highways authority.

What does the pre-enquiry normally involve?

Two typical checks carried out on a proposal to build a new vehicular access are:

1. Vehicle safety

When leaving an access in a vehicle, it's important that the driver can see approaching vehicles on the road before deciding whether it's safe to pull out into the road. The view of approaching vehicles is called the visibility splay. The requirements needed for visibility splays is set out in national guidance.

2. Pedestrian safety

It's important that when a vehicle is leaving the drive and is about to cross the footway that the driver can see and be seen by pedestrians.

How do you request a pre-enquiry?

You should send a location plan of the site, and a sketch or description of what you propose, to the Planning Team, Shropshire Council, Development Services, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND.