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Highway and Infrastructure Adoptions

Please be aware that we are working hard to keep the infrastructure adoptions service operating effectively in the face of unprecedented challenges.  All site visits and inspections have been suspended and we are now working from home. Please see our Coronavirus notices page for more information on current arrangements

A range of national guidance exists about the design of residential developments. The Manual for Streets (MfS) which was published in March 2007 provides guidance about the design, construction, adoption and maintenance of new residential streets.  It replaces the Design Bulletin 32 (DB32) and its companion document Places, Streets and Movement. The Manual for Streets 2 (MfS2) builds on the principles set out by the MfS and provides further guidance on busier streets and roads in both urban and rural locations.

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MfS and MfS2 provide national guidance for all practitioners involved in the development planning process. Cornwall Council supports the approach set out in MfS and MfS2, but believes that clarification is required in some areas to ensure that developers and applicants understand how MfS and MfS2 will be interpreted in Cornwall. MfS states “highway and planning authorities have considerable leeway to develop local policies and standards and to make technical judgements about how they are applied”.

The information contained within this section should be read in conjunction with, MfS. The guidance aims to provide advice on how MfS is to be interpreted and applied within Cornwall and replaces all previous Cornwall highway design guides. This approach is supported by the Council’s Planning Department.

If you would like to receive direct updates when amendments to the above documents or policies are made, or when new documents are made available please provide your email address to the Infrastructure Adoptions team.

Who will control my data?

The Data Controller for all the information you provide is Cornwall Council, New County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro TR1 3AY.  Data Protection Registration Number: Z1745294

There’s something I don’t understand

If you need help in registering for updates please contact the Infrastructure Adoptions team on telephone number 0300 1234 222 or by emailing

How we will use the information about you  

The information you submit to the Council will be used to provide you with updates and notification of amendments to the content held on the Infrastructure Adoptions webpages including standard drawings, policy and guidance documents, fees and web page content.

Who else will we share your information with?

We will only use this information to update you when any changes or amendments are made to the Infrastructure Adoptions webpages. If your contact information is provided to the Council outside of this request this will be covered by an alternative privacy notice and retention period. 

How will we look after your data

Your data will be held within Cornwall Council’s secure network and premises and will not be processed outside of (the UK/the EEA).  Access to your information will only be made to authorised members of staff who are required to process it for the purposes outlined in this privacy notice.

How long will you keep this information for?

The email address you provide will continue to be held by the Council, and you will continue to receive updates, until such time as you unsubscribe. To unsubscribe from these updates please send a further email confirming you no longer wish to receive these updates. On receipt of your request to be unsubscribed your details will be deleted.

Please be aware that your details will only be deleted from the Highway & Infrastructure Adoptions webpages email distribution list. If your contact details have been provided to this department, or any other department within the Council, as part of an alternative service then this will be covered by a different privacy notice which will confirm the retention period.

What are my data rights?

Your personal information belongs to you and you have the right to:

  • be informed of how we will process it
  • request a copy of what we hold about you and in commonly used electronic format if you wish (if you provided this to us electronically for automated processing, we will return it in the same way)
  • have it amended if it’s incorrect or incomplete
  • have it deleted (where we do not have a legal requirement to retain it)
  • withdraw your consent if you no longer wish us to process
  • restrict how we process it
  • object to us using it for marketing or research purposes
  • object to us using it in relation to a legal task or in the exercise of an official authority
  • request that a person reviews an automated decision where it has had an adverse effect on you

How do I exercise these rights?

If you would like to access any of the information we hold about you or have concerns regarding the way we have processed your information, please contact:

Simon Mansell

Data Protection Officer


Cornwall Council

County Hall



Tel: 01872 326424


I don’t agree with something

We would prefer any complaints to be made to us initially so that we have the opportunity to see if we can put things right.  However,  if you are unhappy with the way we have processed your information or how we have responded to your request to exercise any of your rights in relation to your data, you can raise your concerns direct with the Information Commissioner’s Office

Tel No. 0303 123 1113


Why do you need my information?

You have asked us to provide you with Infrastructure Adoptions webpage updates, this information will be provided via email and therefore we need your email address. Without your email we will not be able to provide you with the service.

By requesting to be added to the register of updates you confirm you have read and understood the above information