Apply for a community highways scheme

How to raise concerns about highways within your area and apply for a community scheme.

1 Overview

We encourage communities to identify any highway concerns they may have. Each year we deliver community-driven schemes through the Annual Delivery Programme. 

Examples of schemes we have delivered include:

  • traffic calming features
  • town/village centre enhancements
  • cycling facilities
  • crossing facilities
  • speed limits/zones
  • junction improvements.

2 Before you make a request

Before you apply for a community highways scheme, ensure you have the support of the wider community. This helps us assess whether this would be a widely supported scheme with benefits for the whole community.

All community schemes' applications must be supported by your local county councillor and discussions should take place with them before submitting your application.

Consideration should also be given to the implications your proposals may have on other local communities. The more details that can be included in your request the easier it will be to assess.

All requests will be reviewed and ranked. Only requests that score sufficiently will be prioritised for inclusion into a future Annual Delivery Programme.

Criteria included in the assessment of community highways schemes include:

  • safety
  • mobility and access
  • regeneration
  • new business encouragement
  • any impacts on the surrounding environment.

Developing and designing a highways scheme is a lengthy and costly process. Your request will have a better chance of being progressed if it significantly contributes to the community.

Although you can submit your application throughout the year, for your scheme to be considered for inclusion in our 2022/23 design programme, we need to receive your application by 31 July 2022. Applications received after this date will be considered the following year.

Please read the guidance document below which will provide further useful information before applying.

3 Make an application

Complete the online form to request a new scheme.

Apply for a community highway scheme

4 What happens next

All proposals will have an assessment and your local county councillor will be informed of the result. The assessments are reviewed by a panel to ensure that scoring is applied consistently to all applications.

If a proposal scores well enough against other competing schemes it will be scheduled and progressed accordingly. Depending on the size, complexities and resources involved in delivery of the project this can take up to three years to be implemented. This allows for detailed designs to be drawn up, consultations to take place (where required) and contractors hired.

  • The scheme will have an initial assessment for feasibility and will be measured against a set of scoring factors by a local highways team. If the scheme is deemed not feasible at this stage, we will inform the applicant and there will be no further progression.
  • Schemes that are feasible will be reviewed and moderated by a technical panel towards the end of the calendar year and will be prioritised for design in the following year’s Annual Delivery Programme (ADP). The number of schemes progressed each year will be dependent on the availability of funding and resources which means that some schemes will not progress beyond this stage.
  • The results of the moderation and schemes recommended for inclusion in the design programme will be reported in the November/December round of the County Local Committees (CLC). The applicant will also be notified at this stage.
  • Following approval of the budget in March/April, the schemes included for design in the ADP will be confirmed.
  • Subject to the successful completion of the design phase, the scheme will then be considered, subject to budget, for construction in the following year’s ADP. It should be noted that the delivery of some schemes may take longer due to issues such as availability of road space or complexity of the scheme.
Last updated:
1 August 2021
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