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Unadopted Roads: Housing Estates

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 98913, tabled on 6 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government plans to review legislation on new housing developments and the adoption of new roads by local authorities.

Answered on

11 January 2022

The Department for Transport does not keep a list, nor is routinely informed, of how many roads are built on housing developments.

The legislation covering the process for local highway authority adoption of private roads into the public road network is set out in the Highways Act 1980. The Department has no plans to review this legislation since it continues to ensure that any new roads that are adopted and then maintained at public expense are built to the required standard.

The Department does provide advice to developers and highway authorities on the road adoption process. The 2017 Advice Note can be found at: An update of this advice note is planned to be published shortly.

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