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Road adoption agreements

Road adoption is a term used to describe an agreement between the developer and the council to adopt or take ownership of a private street.

New roads that have been constructed in accordance with the council's guidelines are normally adopted by way of an agreement between the developer and the council under Section 38 of the Highways Act 1980.

Existing roads will not normally be adopted unless they are brought up to current standards by the owners of the road. It may for example be unpaved, without kerbs, footways, surface water sewers, gullies and lighting or any of these features, and its surface is probably in a bad condition.

Under the provisions of Sections 205 to 218 of the Highways Act 1980, the highway authority, that is the council, may resolve to raising the standard of a private street by providing any or all of the missing features or by improving the standard of any existing features. This procedure enables the council on completion of necessary remedial works to adopt the street as a highway maintainable at public expense.

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