Road construction (Sections 38 and 278)

A Section 38 agreement (or S38) is a section of the Highways Act 1980 that can be used when a developer proposes to construct a new estate road for residential, industrial or general purpose traffic that may be offered to the us for adoption as a public highway.

A Section 278 agreement (or S278) is a section of the Highways Act 1980 that allows developers to enter into a legal agreement with us to make permanent alterations or improvements to a public highway, as part of a planning approval.

Developers wishing to apply to enter into legal agreements under sections 38 and 278 should email and request the relevant application forms.

For any queries relating to the construction of highways please email

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