Cornwall Rural Highways Best Practice

The Cornwall Rural Highways Best Practice document has been produced for design guidance. It covers 'roads and footpaths within the AONB and other areas of landscape and heritage value'. It was produced following recommendations from the Cornwall AONB Management Plan and Connecting Cornwall:2030, the Local Transport Plan.

The way transport infrastructure is designed, maintained, managed, delivered, and controlled through the planning system, can all have an impact upon the surrounding environment.

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This document provides guidance for rural roads only.  It is intended that a future iteration will expand the guidance to include public rights of way.

The document provides guidance and reinforces the current good work being carried out on rural roads. An example of this is the restoration of historic finger posts on the Roseland in partnership with the local community..

Best practice guidance is provided on:

  • Carriageways including Surfacing and Road Markings
  • Footways
  • Verges
  • Other land used for highway drainage
  • Highway furniture including: Bollards; Bus shelters and stops; Hazard marker posts; Ironwork; Posts; Railings; Signs; Street lighting and Surface water channels & drainage
  • Kerbing
  • Ancillary features such as water troughs, mile stones and crosses
  • Crossings including Bridges and Fords 
  • Boundary hedges, walls, fencing and gates
  • Junctions and roundabouts
  • Lay-bys, picnic areas and passing places       
  • Cattle grids
  • Designation 
  • Trees
  • Injurious weeds
  • Geology
  • Waste receptacles

The best practice was developed following consultation with interested parties.  Please follow this link to see a summary of consultation responses and how comments were considered.