Somerset County Council
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Highway Authority consultation on planning process

 
We provide the Highway Authority's response to all development proposals in Somerset, ranging from a single property to major development proposals. We provide formal transportation advice on over 9000 planning applications each year. We seek, where possible, financial contributions towards major schemes as well as securing physical works from developers to enable the delivery of new highway infrastructure as a result of development. 

About this service
The Planning Liaison Team provides the Highway Authority response to development proposals that have an impact on the Highway Network.  This can be as part of the planning application process or as part of a pre-application consultation.  

You can check the Local Planning Authority websites (see external links under Information and Resources section of this page) to see any highway observations that have been made on a specific application or development proposal. The most up to date plans relating to a development can also be viewed and downloaded.

Who can use it?
This service is available to developers, agents or individuals looking to secure planning consent. 

How do I use it?
When a developer, agent or applicant asks our viewpoint on a specific development proposal, we will check our records and respond with our view being mindful of the relevant policy guidance and site history. 

We will provide comments on any highway works that may be required as part of the proposed development. 

When contacting us please provide the application Number, if known, site location, applicant's details and an overview of the development proposal.

What happens next?
Once Highway Authority observations have been made, should you wish to appeal against any advice please refer to the Highway Advice Appeal Procedure listed in the Information and Resources section. 

Contacts

Contact: Development Control
Address: Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset TA1 4DY
Email highwaysdevelopmentcontrol@somerset.gov.uk 
Contact no 0845 345 9155 
Fax 01823 358064 
Customer Contact opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm, Sunday closed.
Development Control opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm, Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed
 

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