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Cornwall Council Permit Scheme for Road works and Street works

The Cornwall Council  Permit Scheme comes into effect on the 1 July 2020. 

Cornwall Council is responsible for a network of over 7,300km of roads across the county. The effective maintenance and management of that network is a key priority for the Council.

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Local authorities have powers to design and operate a permit scheme. This is to improve the management of works in the street undertaken by highway authorities and utilities companies. These powers are given under:

  • Part 3 of the Traffic Management Act 2004
  • The Traffic Management Permit Scheme (England) Regulations 2007

The Permit Scheme will require permission to be obtained for the majority of road and street works. This is whether they are undertaken by or on behalf of utility companies or by us as a highway authority.

The Highway Authority will assess each Permit application. Where neccessary they may apply conditions such as when and how the works can carried out. By implementing the Permit Scheme the council will be able to coordinate and control works on the highway more effectively. 

Cornwall has a very unique layout. It has many features that require consideration when actively managing the network. The road network is under significant pressure on a daily basis. This is emphasised when there is an incident that directly reduces the capacity of the network. 

The main objective of the Cornwall Council Permit Scheme is to improve the efficiency of the road network. This takes into account the statutory duties that have been placed upon the permit authorities. The way to achieve this is through better planning, scheduling and management of activities whilst they are in progress.

The specific objectives for the Cornwall Council Permit Scheme are:

  • To increase the efficient running of the highway network by minimising the disruption and inconvenience caused by road works and other highway events and activities through proactive management of activities on the highway.

  • Minimise the disruption and inconvenience to people using the streets, paying particular attention to people with disability.

  • Protect the structure of the street and the integrity of the apparatus within it.

  • Ensure parity of treatment for all activity promoters particularly between statutory undertakers and highway authority works and activities.

  • Encourage collaborative activities between all activity promoters.
  • Enhance reliability of activities taking place at a particular time, especially on the strategic road network.

The consultation period ran from the 4 Novmeber to the 20 December 2019.