The Planning Process
SCP can advise and guide you through any highway and transport matters within the planning process for a development.
Any significant development requires planning consent. For example new housing, employment, healthcare or education developments.
To be accepted by the Local Planning Authority (Local Council) a planning application must be supported by the right documents. If your development has highway implications it is likely that one or more of the following documents or services may be needed.
These documents will vary by both the type and size of a development. Trigger levels for the following documents do differ slightly across the country and whilst details can be found on the relevant Council’s web site, alternately you are invited to contact SCP so we can advise you what supporting transport documents will be required.
A well-developed master plan allows for opportunities to be taken advantage of and any risks to be minimised and mitigated both before and throughout the construction phase, thus ensuring that the best value for your scheme is achieved.
SCP are highly experienced at site master-planning and regularly liaise with town planners, architects, landscape architects and developers to ensure that both non-motorised transport modes and vehicles are fully considered at the initial stage. SCP provide input on all infrastructure needs including highway layout, drainage strategy, flood risk assessments, site levels, utility investigations and all matters of phasing. Our involvement ensures efficiency in developing the site and minimises unavoidable costs and delays.
Site master-planning and the detailing of site levels is a complicated task which requires careful thought and consideration. This process requires a transport planner to provide layout and phasing advice and an engineer with capability to consider and manage the relationship between the geotechnical, structural, environmental and civil engineering disciplines.
SCP’s professionally qualified staff are able to offer sensible solutions to complicated site level problems. To do this SCP use the most up to date 3D modelling packages to review and present the data and results.
These services aim to minimise or mitigate the need for unnecessary earthworks and alterations to statutory undertaker services, which can be expensive, environmentally unfriendly and also programme heavy.