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Adoption of All Phases Roads In Blakes Mead

I understand you have requested an update from the JWAAC H&T Sub-group regarding the adoption status of the access roads within the various phases of the Blakesmead Development at Felpham.

As the situation is quite complicated I thought it would be best to provide an email reply.

Unfortunately, the County Council cannot provide a definitive timeframe for adopting the roads within this development because this is dependent on the developers designing and building the roads in a satisfactory manner and them entering into legal road adoption agreements, which will call Section 38 Agreements. These matters to a large extent are outside of the County Council`s control.

As you will be aware the housing and access road construction began in 2010 and has been ongoing since then and is being built by three developers in five phases.

I have summarised below the current position in the adoption process for each phase of the development and given an idea over when I think the roads within each phase could be adopted based on experience, but I must point out this is dependent on the co-operation of the developer, so we cannot give any guarantees:-

Phase 1 by Barratt David Wilson Homes

The design of the access roads within this phase have been agreed and the roads have been built.

The road adoption agreement is in place and the roads will be adopted when the road adoption agreement for Phase 2 is signed and the roads within the latter are adopted.

The Phase 1 roads cannot be adopted in advance of the Phase 2 roads being adopted because the Phase 1 roads are accessed by the Phase 2 roads.

For new roads to be adopted they must connect directly to an existing public highway (in this case the Relief Road). If the Phase 1 roads where adopted without the Phase 2 roads being adopted the former would be accessed by private roads which is not acceptable because a guarantee cannot be given that unfettered access to the Phase 1 roads would be available at all times.

It is a condition of the road adoption agreement for Phase 1 that the roads have to connect directly to a public highway i.e. via the adopted Phase 2 roads in order to get adopted.

The access roads in Phase 1 could be adopted later this year / early next year (depending on the below Phase 2 situation).

Phase 2 by Barratt David Wilson Homes

The design of the access roads within this phase have been agreed and the roads have been built.

The road adoption agreement is not yet in place, but hopefully this will happen in the near future. Once the agreement is signed the roads could be adopted later this year / early next year.

Phase 3 by Bovis Homes

This phase of the development is split into two sites.

The design of the access roads in the first site are substantially agreed.

The design of the roads in the second site have not been agreed.

Construction of the roads within the first and second sites are complete. The developer has therefore built these roads before the design is agreed and has done this on an “at risk” basis. When the design is finally agreed, if we are not satisfied with anything, changes will need to be made onsite.

The road adoption agreements for the first and second sites are not in place.

The developer is not showing any interest in getting the design of the roads agreed or entering into the adoption agreements so regrettably it is not possible to predict when the roads within Phase 3 will be adopted.

Phase 4 by Barratt David Wilson Homes

The design of the roads within this phase are in the process of being agreed and all being well, the road adoption agreement could be put in place later this year.

The developer is building the roads before the design is agreed, so is doing this on an “at risk” basis.

The roads within this phase could be adopted at some point next year / the following year.

Phase 5 by Barratt David Wilson Homes

The design of the roads within this phase are in the process of being agreed and all being well, the road adoption agreement could be put in place later this year.

The developer is building the roads before the design is agreed, so doing this on an “at risk” basis.

The roads within this phase could be adopted at some point next year / the following year.

For information;

The County Council cannot influence how quickly developers get the design of the adoptable roads agreed or force the developers to enter into the road adoption agreements as these are voluntary agreements and if they want to the developers can keep the roads private.

Once the roads are built they go on what we call a 12 month maintenance period in order they can be trafficked for a year to establish whether there are any defects with the construction. This influences how quickly the roads get adopted as well as the roads are being built and completed at all different times due to the size of the development.

When the properties were / are being bought the purchasers are told through the Land Searches process that there is no guarantee the roads will be adopted. The purchasers should therefore take this into account when making the decision to buy the house or not.

Until formal adoption takes place the developers are responsible for managing any parking or speeding problems within the development and dealing with any other concerns raised by their residents

 

Ben Whiffin

Area Highway Manager – Arun District

Economy, Infrastructure and Environment – Highways and Transport

West Sussex County Council

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