Decision details

The development of "Minor Works Agreements" under Section 278 of the Highways Act for developer led or third-party highway works

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Transport and Environment

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The County Council’s Transport Development Control team is looking to introduce an amended mechanism for how developer led highway works are agreed with the County Council. Currently this is generally through Section 278 agreements, which will remain the case for the majority of schemes.  However, where the proposed highway works are of a low value and present minimal risk to the County Council’s highway asset, a new light touch process is proposed to be introduced. This will be in the form of Mini Section 278 agreements. The report to Lead Member will seek approval for this approach, along with the proposed guidance on this matter to be published.


64.1     The Lead Member considered a report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport.




64.2     The Lead Member RESOLVED to approve the use of the “Minor Works Agreements under Section 278 legal agreement process for development related highway works.




64.3     The use of Minor Works S278 Highway Works Agreements and associated Developer Guidance Notes will provide an improved service to customers and will most efficiently and effectively manage development related highway works.



Report author: Michelle Edser

Publication date: 11/03/2024

Date of decision: 11/03/2024

Decided at meeting: 11/03/2024 - Lead Member for Transport and Environment

Effective from: 16/03/2024

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