Highway Public Inquiry

Where planning permission has been refused an applicant has the right to appeal to the Secretary of State for an independent decision on the development. Appeals can be in three forms, a simple exchange of statements known as a written representations appeal, a local hearing which is an Inspector lead discussion between all parties and a Public Inquiry or Highway Public Inquiry where professional witnesses provide formal evidence in a court room setting and are cross examined by counsel acting for the opposing parties. In all cases an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State considers all evidence presented, asks his own questions of witnesses and views the site before making his/her decision to allow or dismiss the appeal.

Appeals can, especially with public inquiries, be a very expensive process and where planning consent has been withheld by an Authority for unjustified or unreasonable grounds it is possible to make an application for costs to recover the costs of the work involved in the appeal process.

Sanderson Associates regularly provide Written Representations Statements; attend Local Hearings and Highway Public Inquires working either directly for Clients or via instructing planning consultants and solicitors as part of a dedicated team. In providing assistance at a Highway Public Inquiry we have represented both the private sector and Local Planning Authorities at both District and County Council level.

We keep up to date with changes in planning legislation, for example the new National Planning Framework (NPPF 2018). Further information on the NPPF can be found on some of our accompanying websites.

Examples of Public Inquiry work we have undertaken recently include:
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  • Change of use A1 Shop to Hot Food Takeaway Sheffield Road Barnsley
    (Written Representations)
  • Proposed Operating Theatres at Sancta Maria Hospital Swansea
    ( Local Hearing)
  • Proposed Residential Development Firth Street Shepley Huddersfield
    ( Local Hearing)
  • Proposed Residential Development Marsh Lane Shepley Huddersfield
    ( Local Hearing)
  • Proposed residential Development Summerhill Douglas Isle of Man
    ( Local Hearing)
  • Proposed Residential Development and Business Park Development Brixworth Northamptonshire ( Local Hearing)
  • Proposed Travelling Show persons Accommodation Monk Fryston
    ( Local Hearing)
  • Proposed Residential Development Gilling Road Richmond
    ( Local Hearing)
  • Proposed Student Accommodation Manor Drive Headingley Leeds
    (Public Inquiry Enforcement Action)
  • Proposed Residential Development Wood Lane Treeton Rotherham
    (Public Inquiry)
  • Proposed Major Residential Development at Sty Lane Micklethwaite Bradford
    (Public Inquiry)
  • Proposed Business Park at Ronaldsway Gateway Isle of Man
    ( Public Inquiry Area Plan Review)
  • Proposed Mixed use development at Victoria Road Castletown Isle of Man
    (Public Inquiry Area Plan Review)
  • Proposed major Travellers Site Poulton le Flyde Lancaster
    (Public Inquiry)
  • Proposed major Supermarket Development at White City Old Trafford Manchester
    (Public Inquiry)
  • Proposed Data Centre Lindley Huddersfield
    (Public Inquiry)
  • Proposed Supermarket Old Leeds Road Huddersfield
    (Public Inquiry)
  • Erection of aviation hangers at Elvington Airport, Yorkshire
    (Private Sector)
  • Major long term extraction of sand at Euxton Lancashire
    (On behalf of Lancashire County Council)
  • Residential Development at Glusburn North Yorkshire
    (Private Sector)
  • Proposed Supermarket Elstow, Bedford
    (Private Sector)
  • Successful Objection to Proposed Supermarket, Douglas, Isle of Man.
    (Various Private Clients)

In relation to the last example which involved a particularly complicated highway assessment of traffic generations of a large food store and its impact on the local highway network, the Inspector formally cited our witnesses’ evidence as “professional, balanced, honest and not over stated” in his decision notice. Our detailed evidence, based on sound preparation, helped inform his decision to refuse the proposal on highway and transportation grounds.

Highway Expert Witness

Sanderson Associates offer a full range of services with respect to the provision of highway expert witness advice in relation to the broad area of transportation, highways design and flood risk matters.

Highway expert witness advice can range from a simple Written Representations Statement through to complex public inquiries on major planning application or Local Plan site allocations. In addition Sanderson Associates have provided highway expert witnesses for cases in local Magistrates Courts, County Courts, the High Court and the Royal Court of Justice in London.

Our wide base of experience in the provision of highway expert witness advice includes planning applications, planning enforcement appeals, public highway closure and Traffic Regulation Orders, public rights of ways issues (closures and diversions) and alleged professional negligence. We have experts in the fields of traffic and transportation, flood risk and highway design.

Require assistance at a Highway Public Inquiry?

We would be pleased to provide you with our competitive fee proposal to provide you with our assistance at a Highway Public Inquiry, please call us on 01924 844080 or click here to complete our secure online form.


What our Clients' say:

Access Appraisal in Support of the Reinstatement of Access to a Residential Dwelling

Tue 7 August 2018

Brett, I would just like to pass on my personal thanks for the assistance you offered us in our planning application to reinstate an unused driveway into our renovation property. From the initial contact with the office staff, through the quote and the carrying out of the road survey, drawings, and associated work through to […]

Highway Technical Letter in Support of Residential Development – Testimonial

Thu 25 January 2018

Excellent service, very professional and enabled a very positive response back to the Highways Agency with a site plan we were having difficulties with. I’d highly recommend Sanderson’s. Peter Wilson, Individual

Transport Statement and Access Advice, Residential Development Circa 60 Dwellings – Testimonial

Fri 5 May 2017

During the course of the compiling the report for submission to planning I found Adam Darwin’s attitude and approach was very professional and supportive. We had several issues to resolve and I found him to respond very quickly and produce revised drawing for discussion with an excellent turnaround time. His phone manner and advice were […]

Flood Risk Assessment, Data Centre, Keighley

Wed 8 March 2017

Good communication and persistence coupled with a high level of professional expertise, has enabled what looked initially to be an insurmountable objection to be overcome. J O Steel, J O Steel Consulting, Bingley

Swept Path Analysis, New Build House, Testimonial

Wed 15 February 2017

Sandersons were appointed to conduct our swept path analysis study for a modern new build house in London. We found the service personable, attentive and thorough. Further, when confronted by a design problem, they were creative and positively contributed to its resolution. Ben Kirk, Associate, Edgley Design

Transport Statement – Proposed Residential Development, Shipley

Thu 8 December 2016

You were recommended to us for a housing site where you had previous experience of the neighbouring land. Every part of the experience was simple and positive and we have no problem recommending your services and consider you for further works. From us at Lumia Homes part of Incommunities Housing Association we would like to […]

Transport Statement, Proposed Residential Development, 6 Detached Dwellings

Wed 23 November 2016

Mr Greenwood is a highway wizard and worked his magic on the Hardingham scheme, without Sandersons input I am confident this scheme would have not passed… Henry Isotta-Day – Architectural Design Engineer, Clayland Architects

Flood Risk Assessment, Proposed Residential Development, Cobham, Surrey

Fri 28 October 2016

We were very pleased with the service received and the positive outcome for our client, and would not hesitate to recommend for flood risk assessments. Thanks very much for helping us with this project. Malcolm Jenkins, Architect, Malcom Jenkins Associates

Technical Letter in Support of Residential Development

Thu 28 July 2016

Recently worked with Robert in order to turn round a planning application which was being recommended for refusal due to Highways objections at the eleventh hour. On this one we had to really think out of the box quickly to mitigate the concerns. Robert was instrumental in coming up with options and innovative ideas and […]

Stage 3 Road Safety Audit

Mon 25 July 2016

The service provided was professional direct to the point and alternatives were provided on discussion of the reports requirements, a user friendly service in every way to a legacy job with very little background information. Thank you Steven Johnston – Keepmoat Regeneration Ltd

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