Commuted Sums

Commuted sums are a payment made to the Council to cover the future maintenance of an item that the Council will be adopting. 

Commuted sums are only payable for those elements of a design which are considered to be over and above the standard road design which Cornwall Council would normally adopt. 

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Commuted sums will therefore normally be applied to the following items.

  • Soakaways
  • Permeable paving
  • Attenuation features and associated control systems
  • Oil interceptors
  • Suds features, ie ponds, swales, etc
  • Non standard surfacing, for example
    • High friction surfacing where required for aesthetic reasons only
    • Pigmented surfacing
    • Non standard block paving
  • Street furniture
  • Amenity fencing
  • Trees
  • Planted areas
  • Structures, for example
    • Bridges
    • Retaining structures
  • Non standard streetlighting
  • Traffic signals including variable message signs and such similar signs
  • Any other non standard items, for example
    • Cornish hedges

If you require further information on commuted sums or wish to discuss whether they will be applicable to your site please contact  highways-estates@cornwall.gov.uk.