To obtain these improvements, the proponent must obtain permission from the highway authority for detailed work planning and reach an agreement defining how the work is to be delivered. An S278 contract is used for a long time to enable the development of the existing road network. However, it can also be used to improve the motorway network needed by development or to contribute to future work on the wider network of motorways. The procedure required to reach an agreement can take time and time, and it is therefore desirable to get in touch as soon as possible with the authority of the motorways. Work usually begins within four to six weeks of the agreement being signed. The provision of new roads and pedestrian pathways (together called “highways” in this practical note) is a common feature of many developments. Similarly, many developments require modifications or improvements to existing roads and footpaths. In some cases, the construction of new highways or changes to existing highway infrastructure may even be a prerequisite for the construction of a building permit. See the practical note: Planning conditions – important points. Conditions for the person to pay all or part of the cost of the work that can be fixed or fixed in accordance with the agreement. Section 278 of the Highways Act 1980 allows a developer to carry out work on the public highway.

This is generally necessary when the building permit has been issued for a building requiring improvements or modifications on public highways. Section 278 of the agreements is generally the local authority that authorizes the developer to carry out the proposed work. Sometimes the highway service does the work, or the developer can pay the highway service to do the job if it`s comfortable for the developer`s schedule. However, it is more usual for the developer to mandate an experienced developer in S278 plants, such as FACE, to effect the highway changes, as if it were the authority itself that did so.