New roads are an increasing threat

Building new roads is very much back on the Government's agenda with its continued championing of its £24bn RIS2 roads programme. However, it doesn't stop there as the £24bn is just for the strategic roads network (trunk routes) and doesn't include the many billions for local roads. All of this promoted by a Government and many local authorities who have supposedly signed up to take urgent action on climate change.

The processes for building new roads are quite different depending on whether your road is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) (normally a trunk road promoted by National Highways) or a local road promoted by your local authority or a developer.

An NSIP goes through a process with a fixed timetable, a six month Examination in Public which is mostly a written process. In contrast, for a local road it's often the local authority that is applying for planning permission from itself. The road will be treated like any other planning application, going to committee for decision, unless it is called in for a public inquiry.

Please get in touch if you need help and if you want advice on specific type of new road, click on one of the two links below:

You might also usefully look at Campaign for Better Transport's Roads Campaigner Guide which contains a lot of useful tips and information.