Land, legal and planning

People discussing plans around a table

We can offer advice to help you better understand the planning process

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
  • negotiation
  • public rights of way
  • non-statutory negotiations with landowners
  • land assembly and planning
  • legislation
  • 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:

Other external guidance:

To discuss how we can help you, please contact our design and construction team

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