We consider the assembly of land to create the right route the most important task in the development of traffic free routes. Sometimes this takes many years of negotiation. In all we have concluded over 850 land agreements.
Our design guide covers the main aspects of this work. It also considers the legal processes whereby a route may be created, including Public Rights of Way, other Highways legislation and Permissive Agreements.
Land, legal and planning (draft), Sustrans Design Manual Chapter 14, 2014 (1.6MB pdf)
Our design guide offers useful information on:
- community involvement
- public rights of way
- non-statutory negotiations with landowners
- land assembly and planning
- Traffic Regulation Orders
- introduction to town planning
- planning permission, making a planning application and planning conditions
- Listed Building Consents
- flexibility of Planning Permissions and Non planning consents
- Local Development Framework process.
Other Sustrans guidance:
- Trees, 2012
- Gaining permission for works that might be affected by coastal or river flooding, 2011
- Ecology Note 06: Ecology in the Planning System
Other external guidance:
- Cycling England, Cycle Schemes and Legal Procedures, 2009
- Sustrans' Negotiator's Guide to acquiring land rights for cycle path construction.
- The Planning Portal - this is the one stop shop for planning guidance.