Last updated:
12 July 2016

Apply for a community highways scheme

Find out 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 Integrated Works Programme (IWP). 

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 to assess whether this would be a widely supported scheme that will have 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 Integrated Works Programme (IWP).

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.

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 3 years to be implemented. This allows for detailed designs to be drawn up, consultations to take place (where required) and contractors hired.

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