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Views on roadworks permit scheme invited from Monday

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Posted on: 17 October 2019

Proposals for a new permit scheme to improve the way roadworks are managed have been approved by Devon County Council’s (DCC) Cabinet.

The new Permit Scheme will give DCC enhanced powers to place conditions over work carried out by private firms, utility companies and its own contractors.

A draft legal order will be published on Monday 21 October. The public will have four weeks from that date to give their views on the proposals before a final decision is made.

The Department for Transport (DfT) requires all local authorities to give consideration to having a scheme in place by April 2020.

Under the scheme, anyone wanting to carry out work on a public highway would first have to apply for a permit to carry out work. DCC would either approve or reject the application or impose conditions on the work.

Applicants would have to pay a fee when applying for a permit, and the cost will vary depending on the length of the proposed work, the strategic importance of the road and timing of the work.

For instance, if roadworks are carried out outside of the peak congestion periods, the fee could be reduced.

The aim of the permit scheme is to incentivise firms to better coordinate work with other applicants and to encourage better planning and more efficient working.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for

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Councillor Stuart Hughes

Highway Management, said: “A permit scheme will provide more tools in our locker to control proposed roadworks. It places responsibility on the applicant to plan the scheme in such a way that it helps reduce the impact of the work on the road network.
“This would give applicants an incentive to collaborate on schemes. This in turn will help minimise delays and disruption in order to reduce congestion, which would also lessen the impact on local communities.”

More information, including details on how to comment on the proposed order, can be found on the County Council’s permit scheme webpages.

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