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Highway adoptions

BCP Council undertakes the management of design approval, construction planning, site inspection, enforcement and adoption of new streets built by developers across the conurbation.

New streets are created on residential, commercial and industrial developments.

Section 38 of the Highways Act 1980 gives local authorities the power to enter into agreements with developers to adopt highways for future maintenance, provided they are laid out and constructed to the council's specification.

The council recovers the cost of inspecting the work and preparing the agreements. The extra over cost of maintaining aesthetic features, not essential for highway purposes, will be recovered from the developer in the form of a commuted sum.

Adoption agreements

BCP Council is responsible for keeping an accurate record of adopted roads, issuing formal adoption notices and also maintaining a digital record of Section 38 and 278 Agreements. 

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