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). 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 Feasibility Study, Proposed Private Residential Development – Testimonial

Mon 30 September 2019

I have recently worked on a project with Karen and Ashley at Sanderson’s and they were extremely helpful, professional and worked to my extremely tight deadline. I have no hesitation in recommending this company their attention to detail and professionalism was much appreciated. Rosie Marsh (Private Individual)

Analysis of Speed Survey and Swept Path Analysis

Tue 3 September 2019

Brett and the Sanderson’s team were invaluable to us in obtaining highways consent which in part cleared the way for our planning application to be approved. They provided a proactive professional and personable approach to satisfy and fulfil the Cambridgeshire highways requirements. We recommend them and will use them again. Daykin Waters Waters Developments

Stage 2 Road Safety Audit, Residential, Staffordshire

Tue 16 July 2019

Sanderson Associates were the successful bidder for carrying out a Stage 2 Road Safety Audit on behalf of TSP Projects. Their team were committed to the tight programme, and not only did they undertake the audit and agree terms and conditions in a short space of time they were receptive and flexible with planning the […]

Construction Traffic Management Plan

Mon 15 April 2019

Sanderson Associates have been very helpful for us and our clients. They proved efficiency and competitive pricing. Thank you for your services. Andreea Raicu, Architect, Tang & Associates Ltd

Flood Risk Assessment, Testimonial, Industrial Development, Sheffield

Tue 19 March 2019

Sanderson’s were a great in helping us with our planning application for a new material silo at our manufacturing base in Sheffield. Darren was efficient and swift in his discussions with the council on the need for a flood risk assessment on the site. Darren’s knowledge of the site and surrounding area and consequent discussions […]

Travel Plan

Wed 21 November 2018

We have worked with Ashley, found the service very professional, efficient and cost-effective. We received the surveys and reports on time and were kept fully appraised with everything, excellent service all round. Recommend using Sanderson again in the future. Thank you, Al Ihsan Trust

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

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