Highway advice for developers

Where development would have an effect on the transport network, the Highway Authority is asked to assess that impact.

This section of the website sets out guidance that we will apply when we provide highway related advice on development of all types.

Find the considerations and requirements for:

  • Vehicle access crossings (dropped kerbs)
  • Section 278 developer design and build technical submissions
  • Pavement design and construction Guide for Estate Roads (Section 38) and Section 106/278 Works

Vehicle access crossings (dropped kerbs)

Vehicle access crossings, also known as 'dropped kerbs', allow vehicles to cross a footway or highway verge to access a property or off-street parking area.

It is an offence to drive over a footway or highway verge without a proper vehicle crossing.

We build vehicle access crossings at the request of residents or businesses, if certain criteria are met.  There are charges for this service and planning permission may be required.

A non-refundable fee of £161.55 is payable on making an application for permission to construct a vehicle access crossing.

If permission is granted, a simple residential vehicle access crossing will usually on average cost around £2,025. However, this figure is only a guide, as the cost for constructing each vehicle access crossing is dependent on individual circumstances. The estimate provided will be based on the cost of the work required to construct the proposed crossing in the approved location. 

  • Vehicle access (dropped kerb) applications

Pavement design and construction Guide for Estate Roads (Section 38) and Section 106/278 Works

The Developer is required to demonstrate that the construction of the pavement is carried out as specified according to the master pavement design guide of material for estate roads. The Developer shall demonstrate this with the relevant levels of testing and can demonstrate that they have achieved satisfactory results. In addition, the developer shall supply or make available the results to the Highway Authority (Norfolk County Council).

If a developer wishes to put forward designs not covered by this guidance document, they shall be considered along with the other relevant documentation, this shall then be treated as a departure from standard and will require approval from Norfolk County Council before the works take place.

The County Highways Laboratory (i.e. Norfolk Partnership Laboratory) may be able to offer assistance to developers in undertaking sampling/testing work by arrangement.