Development management answers: What are options on road signs bluff?

Q What actions, including possible legal procedures, can be taken by a highways authority, a planning authority or other bodies when, during a required road speed survey for a housing development application, the developer places prominent signs on roads leading to the survey point saying "Slow - Tree Felling in Progress" when no felling is actually occurring? QT

A If the application has yet to be determined, I would advise informing the local planning authority, with photographic evidence if possible. It would be able to factor the applicants’ behaviour into the determination process in an appropriate way, such as by asking for a further survey or giving limited weight to the survey results on the basis that they are not a true reflection of reality. If the application has been granted but the six-week period for judicial review has not expired, I would recommend seeking legal advice as to whether court action could be taken. If the six-week period has elapsed, I think it unlikely that action would be possible. John Harrison



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