Many new developments include new roads and paths to allow public access. Most developers wish to get these adopted as a 'highway maintainable at the public expense'.

These highways guidance notes help developers design and construct roads and paths suitable for adoption by Kirklees Council.

Guidance notes

Existing Roads and Paths Affected by New Developments

Gradients

Highway Adoption Drawings

Highway Adoptions and the Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations

Highway Adoptions Criteria

Highways, Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS), and Private Drainage

Highways Technical Approval

Introduction to Highways and Adoptions

Operation and Maintenance Manuals for Adopted Highways

Requirements of new and improved roads and paths

Requirements of Submitted Documents

Section 38 Agreements for Highway Adoptions

Soakaways

Surface water attenuation tanks and pipes

What the council will adopt

The council will only adopt new roads and paths if:

  • they are suitably designed and constructed
  • and the council has been paid in advance a 'commuted sum' to cover any exceptional costs associated with their management and maintenance.

In general, the council will adopt:

  • roads serving more than five residential properties
  • some roads and paths within large industrial or commercial developments
  • parts of the accesses to large, individual properties - such as factories, supermarkets, or blocks of flats - where it is in the public interest for the entrance to be entirely within the publicly maintainable highway.

Limitations on use

These guidance notes are only intended for use on developments in Kirklees.

If you intend to use them for anything other than designing and constructing roads and paths suitable for adoption by Kirklees Council we advise you to ensure they are suitable.

Failure to do so might:

Contact

  • Highway Adoptions
  • Email
  • Phone 01484 221000 - ask for Highway Adoptions
  • Address Flint Street Depot, Flint Street, Fartown, Huddersfield, HD1 6LG