Adoption of Private Streets
Last updated: 02/04/2013
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If you live on a private road and would like the Council to take
over responsibility for maintaining it, you may be able to apply to
get your road adopted.
When considering roads for adoption we will look at whether the
road meets the criteria set in our adoption policy. This requires
the road to provide either;
- Sufficient benefit to the wider public by the provision of a
through access, or
- Future potential for the highway to be used as a through route
for the public to access any subsequent adjacent development.
If the road does not meet either of these criteria then we are
unlikely to consider the adoption of the road.
In addition to the adoption criteria we will also consider the
- The layout of the street, including the provision of footpaths
and turning areas
- The width of the road, bends, slopes, visibility and
- How the road has been built and to what standards
- Whether adequate surface water drainage systems are in
- The needs of service companies. For example, there may be pipes
or cables that have to be moved or laid
- Whether street lighting is needed
- The needs of disabled people
- Any changes required to property boundaries and driveways, for
example to accommodate visibility splays, footpaths.
If the road does not meet the required standards then the
residents will need to arrange for the road to be brought up to an
adoptable standard prior to us adopting it. You will also be
responsible for bearing the full cost of the construction works
including the costs of the council for approving and inspecting the
So what do you do next?
If you believe that your road may be eligible for adoption then
we would advise that you get the agreement of your neighbours prior
to making an application to the Council. You should then
write to us enclosing a plan of the area that you wish to put
forward for adoption for our consideration. We will then confirm to
you whether the road is eligible for adoption.
Once the Council has confirmed that they are willing to adopt
the road you will need to arrange for a competent engineer to draw
up the necessary plans for approval. You will also be
required to consult with the utility companies who may require
additional works to be undertaken to protect or relocate their
pipes and cables within the road. Plans should be submitted
to us and approved prior to any construction work being carried out
For further information on the adoptions process please contact