Highway Expert Witness

Sanderson Associates offer a full range of services with respect to the provision of highway expert witness advice in relation to the broad area of transportation, highways design and flood risk matters.

Highway expert witness advice can range from a simple Written Representation Statement through to complex Public Inquiries on major planning application or Local Plan site allocations. In addition we have provided highway expert witness statements, attended and given evidence in Local Magistrates Courts, County Courts, the High Court and the Royal Court of Justice in London.

Our wide base of experience in providing highway expert witness advice includes planning applications, planning enforcement appeals, public highway closure and traffic regulation orders, public rights of ways issues (closures and diversions) and alleged professional negligence. We have highway expert witness personnel employed in the fields of traffic and transportation, flood risk and highway design.

Road Traffic and Personal Injury Cases

Sanderson Associates regularly assist the court in making its decision regarding a case before it by providing their highway expert witness evidence in slip / trip accident and alleged negligence cases, we are regularly appointed by many different firms of solicitors throughout the UK, further information is available here.

Highway Public Inquiry

Where planning permission has been refused an applicant has the right to appeal to the Secretary of State for an independent decision on the development. Appeals can be in three forms, a simple exchange of statements known as a Written Representation appeal, a Local Hearing which is an Inspector led discussion between all parties and a Public Inquiry where professional witnesses provide formal evidence in a court room setting and are cross examined by counsel acting for the opposing parties. In all cases an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State considers all evidence presented, asks his own questions of witnesses and views the site before making his/her decision to allow or dismiss the appeal.

Appeals can, especially with Public Inquiries, be a very expensive process and where planning consent has been withheld by an Authority for unjustified or unreasonable grounds it is possible to make an application for costs to recover the costs of the work involved in the appeal process.

Sanderson Associates regularly provide Written Representation Statements; attend Local Hearings and Public Inquires working either directly for Clients or via instructing planning consultants and solicitors as part of a dedicated team. In this area of work we have represented both the private sector and Local Planning Authorities at both District and County Council level.

We keep up to date with changes in planning legislation, for example the new National Planning Framework (NPPF). Further information on the NPPF can be found on some of our accompanying websites.


What Our Clients Say:

Highway Statement, Proposed Residential Development, Stockport

Thu 11 June 2020

Just want to pass on my thanks and appreciation. Your knowledge and speed at looking at the issues were incurred was superb. Hopefully we’ll have the pleasure of working together in the future. Craig Ashton, Managing Director, CPA Bespoke Joinery Ltd.

Transport Assessment, Proposed Residential Development (170 dwellings), Essex

Fri 24 April 2020

This report is of the highest quality and detail and draws the conclusions we had hoped to see. Thanks to you and the team for this, we will certainly be using Sanderson Associates on future projects. Tom Helliwell, Managing Director, Class Q Ltd

Speed Survey, Proposed Private Residential Development – Testimonial

Sat 14 December 2019

Thank you so much for your fast and efficient service, the speed survey was conducted efficiently and the report given has really helped our planning application process with highways moving forward. Communication from yourselves was also fantastic and swift. Would most definitely recommend you to everyone. Much appreciated! Ismail Chopdat (Private Individual)

Access Feasibility Study, Proposed Private Residential Development – Testimonial

Mon 30 September 2019

I have recently worked on a project with Karen and Ashley at Sanderson’s and they were extremely helpful, professional and worked to my extremely tight deadline. I have no hesitation in recommending this company their attention to detail and professionalism was much appreciated. Rosie Marsh (Private Individual)

Analysis of Speed Survey and Swept Path Analysis

Tue 3 September 2019

Brett and the Sanderson’s team were invaluable to us in obtaining highways consent which in part cleared the way for our planning application to be approved. They provided a proactive professional and personable approach to satisfy and fulfil the Cambridgeshire highways requirements. We recommend them and will use them again. Daykin Waters Waters Developments

Stage 2 Road Safety Audit, Residential, Staffordshire

Tue 16 July 2019

Sanderson Associates were the successful bidder for carrying out a Stage 2 Road Safety Audit on behalf of TSP Projects. Their team were committed to the tight programme, and not only did they undertake the audit and agree terms and conditions in a short space of time they were receptive and flexible with planning the […]

Construction Traffic Management Plan

Mon 15 April 2019

Sanderson Associates have been very helpful for us and our clients. They proved efficiency and competitive pricing. Thank you for your services. Andreea Raicu, Architect, Tang & Associates Ltd

Flood Risk Assessment, Testimonial, Industrial Development, Sheffield

Tue 19 March 2019

Sanderson’s were a great in helping us with our planning application for a new material silo at our manufacturing base in Sheffield. Darren was efficient and swift in his discussions with the council on the need for a flood risk assessment on the site. Darren’s knowledge of the site and surrounding area and consequent discussions […]

Travel Plan

Wed 21 November 2018

We have worked with Ashley, found the service very professional, efficient and cost-effective. We received the surveys and reports on time and were kept fully appraised with everything, excellent service all round. Recommend using Sanderson again in the future. Thank you, Al Ihsan Trust

Access Appraisal in Support of the Reinstatement of Access to a Residential Dwelling

Tue 7 August 2018

Brett, I would just like to pass on my personal thanks for the assistance you offered us in our planning application to reinstate an unused driveway into our renovation property. From the initial contact with the office staff, through the quote and the carrying out of the road survey, drawings, and associated work through to […]

Require the Services of a Highway Expert Witness?

Sanderson Associates have enjoyed over 33 years in business with our experienced engineers providing their Highway Expert Witness Services for a variety of cases throughout the UK, Isle of Man and Ireland.

We would be pleased to provide you with our competitive fee proposal to provide you with our Highway Expert Witness Services, please call us on 01924 844080 or click here to complete our secure online form.

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