Street works permit scheme

Bracknell Forest Council Permit Scheme

From 1 October 2015, Bracknell Forest has been operating under The Bracknell Forest Borough Council Permit Scheme Order 2015. This helps us to manage street and road works across the 915km of road network better. The scheme excludes any motorways and trunk roads, for which the Highways England is the Highway Authority.

Background

Part 3 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 (TMA) introduced permit schemes as a different way in which activities in the public highway could be managed to improve a highway authority's ability to minimise disruption from street and road works.

A permit scheme has the potential to improve management of all works on local road networks and significantly reduce unnecessary disruption to road users.

Within a permit scheme, anyone carrying out works in the road will legally need to apply to us for permission, in advance of the works.

As an authority, we can choose to grant a permit, apply conditions to a granted permit or decline permission for work. Using these powers, not available under existing schemes, we can improve the management of all works on the road network and because of that reduce unnecessary disruption to road users.

Further information

Please see a list of related documents, including the application form:

The objectives of the permit scheme

Bracknell Forest Council has a duty under Section 59 of New Roads & Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA) to co-ordinate works of all kinds. In addition, section 16 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 (TMA), requires us to manage our road network, with a view to achieving, so far as may be reasonably practicable having regard to our other obligations, policies and objectives, the following overriding objectives:

a) securing the expeditious movement of traffic on the authority’s road network; and
b) facilitating the expeditious movement of traffic on road networks for which another authority is the traffic authority

Effective co-ordination and management by the highway authority is therefore essential to minimise traffic disruption whilst allowing activity promoters the necessary time and space to complete their activities. We are committed to reducing congestion and managing the network more efficiently to secure the expeditious movement of traffic. We recognise that the long-term solution lies in using the network more efficiently.

The strategic objectives for the permit scheme are taken from the council’s Local Transport Plan. They are to:

  • reduce delays associated with traffic congestion and improve reliability of journey times
  • maintain and improve, where feasible, the local transport network
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport
  • reduce casualties and improve safety on the local transport network

Co-ordination of activities through the permit scheme will enable differences between those competing for space or time in the street, including traffic, to be resolved in a positive and constructive way.

The specific objectives for the permit scheme are to;

  • reduce occupation of the highway to benefit all highway users
  • improve safety of all highway users at road and street activities
  • enhance the reliability of journey times
  • enhance the journey experience
  • gain greater control of all activities on the public highway
  • minimise, avoid or manage delays to all highway users
  • improve public perception of managing highway activities
  • reinforce co-ordination of all activities on the highway
  • reduce long term damage to the highway asset
  • encourage collaborative working between all activity promoters
  • achieve an improvement in air quality
  • demonstrate parity for all activity promoters
  • strengthen cross-boundary co-operation

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