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 2012). 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:

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

Flood Risk Assessment, Proposed Residential Development.

Fri 8 July 2016

Thank you for your assistance on the Flood Risk assessment in relation to our works being carried out at the house. I would like to add that I only called yesterday seeking advice on a flood risk assessment not knowing what it entails and you have acted extremely quickly. You listened and gave valuable, honest […]

Highways Advice, Proposed Residential Development, Micklepage Paddock

Wed 29 June 2016

I would just like to reiterate my thanks, together with those of my clients, for all the work that you did in assisting to obtain planning permission for the above project. Highways had always indicated that being able to provide adequate sight lines onto the main road would be a major factor in determining this […]

Advice on Site Drainage

Wed 22 June 2016

We consulted Sanderson Associates with regard to a surface water drainage design issue that we had recently. They were prompt in their response to us and were able to cut right through to the heart of the problem and provide advice that was direct and uncomplicated. The information provided satisfied the requirements of the local […]

Highway Advice – Testimonial

Mon 9 May 2016

Bob came to the island as an, ‘expert witness’, in a Planning Appeal, for a sizeable property build, essentially covering the Highway issues. After meeting Bob the day before the Appeal, it was abundantly clear this chap, ‘knew his stuff’. His consummate professionalism, experience and knowledge came though at the Hearing, contributing to the process […]

Transport Report in Opposition to Proposed Large Scale Housing

Tue 5 April 2016

We commissioned a Transport Report from Sanderson’s in opposition to a proposed large scale housing development near us. Ian Ladbrooke provided professional expertise in identifying the transport issues and the flaws in the developer’s transport assessment. His input proved invaluable and ultimately the application was refused on transport grounds. The report was delivered on time […]

Swept Path Analysis, Proposed Extension to Industrial Development

Mon 7 December 2015

As an independent property developer I was asked for a swept path analysis to aid my planning application. I googled and found Sanderson Associates, never had I heard of them before. I have to say from the start they were extremely professional and very prompt. I asked for many amendments on my analysis at the […]

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