Latest advice redirects road design policy

Local authorities should include specific policies on road design in their development plans, according to an advice note published by the Scottish Executive last week.

PAN76 recommends changes to the system that sees road construction consent (RCC) granted to developers only after planning permission has been received.

"Engineering requirements may be applied more rigidly at this stage, which can lead to a dilution of design quality," the document suggests.

The note aims to encourage an integrated approach to approval, requiring collaboration between planners and RCC engineers. It says that a well-designed street will reflect a site's surroundings and advises that a suitable solution for one area will not necessarily work in another.

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