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Infrastructure asset management

The Infrastructure Asset Management team is responsible for the strategic management of all the Council's assets with the exception of property. The team has two distinct roles: the adoption of newly created highway infrastructure and the strategic management of the maintenance of all publicly owned infrastructure.

Infrastructure Asset Management Framework

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In essence Asset Management is a strategic approach to service provision which seeks to draw together all the various strands of policies, procedures and practices so that any decisions taken are informed, seeking to balance the desired outcomes of service delivery with the inevitable constraints of statutory duty and funding whilst taking into account the desires and aspirations of the service users.

Such an approach has been recognised by the Audit Commission in its report 'Going the Distance - Achieving better value in Highway Maintenance'. Cornwall Council's highway asset management approach was recognised in this report as an example of good practice.

Cornwall Council, in line with current national guidance, makes use of an Asset Management Framework which sets out how we undertake the strategic management of the public infrastructure. This framework is set out on the Infrastructure Asset Management Framework pages and covers:

  • Adopted Highways
  • Bridges
  • Retaining Walls
  • Streetlights
  • Illuminated Bollards and Signs
  • Traffic Signals
  • Car Parks
  • Public Open Spaces
  • Public Rights of Way
  • Harbour and Maritime Asset

The Infrastructure Adoptions team are responsible for the approval and adoption of new roads which are offered to the highway authority for adoption as publicly maintainable highway. 

This site provides information and guidance on those roads which we will consider for adoption, the standards to which they will need to be built and the methods by which adoption can be achieved. 

If you are considering offering a new road for adoption we would advise you to seek the guidance of the adoptions team prior to submitting your planning application.  

Please note that the current guidance is regularly reviewed and updated, you are therefore advised to keep checking on a regular basis for the latest information.

For further advice on any aspect of the adoption process including standards for construction please contact highways-estates@cornwall.gov.uk  

Surface Treatment Schemes

Highways Development Management

The Highways Development Management team now form part of the Planning department and are responsible for making statutory consultation responses on highway related elements of planning applications.  

If you require advice on highways related aspects of your planning application please contact Planning.

Local Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund Application

Cornwall Council has submitted an application under the above fund for the renewal of carriageway infrastructure on the A39 between Carland Cross and Buckshead which includes the Trispen Bypass. Details of the application and supporting annexes can be accessed below:

Roads, transport and parking

0300 1234 222