Gates, doors and windows

Section 153 of the Highways Act 1980 requires that doors, gates and windows do not open outwards over the public highway. The risk to highway users of an outward opening ground floor door, window or other obstruction must always be avoided.

New or replacement gates, security barriers, or any other obstacle preventing free access into a development site must be set back far enough from the highway so that the longest vehicle or vehicle combination which will regularly visit the site can pull completely off the highway while the gate or barrier is opened. Otherwise conflict and interference with the free and safe flow of traffic on the public highway will arise.

It is also essential to make sure that pedestrians are not forced to step into the carriageway to avoid vehicles or obstructions caused by the development.

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