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Transport Policies exist at National, Regional and Local levels. Moray Council published the First Local Transport Strategy in 2001. Further information on the Moray Council Local Transport Strategy 2001 is available here
Consultation has been undertaken to develop the Second Local Transport Strategy. Further information on The Second Moray Council Local Transport Strategy is available here
Key Moray Traffic data may be viewed downloaded via the links below:
Transport Policies are also included in a number of Planning Policies and Plans:
The planning system exists to regulate the use of land and buildings by granting or refusing planning permission. For some applications there may be a need to provide extra information and in some developments there is a need for a specialist report, for example on retail, transport, flood risk or noise. Whether a specialist assessment is needed will depend on the type of development and its location.
The planning authority consults the roads authority on planning applications that involve the formation of a new access (or alteration) or create an increase in traffic. The Transportation Service processes these consultations for the roads authority.
For larger developments and those that create an increase in traffic a completed Transport Assessment Form is requested from the developer. Developers are urged to carry out early consultation with Transportation prior to the submission of development proposals. The Transport Assessment Form (TA Form) is available here
Further advice on the preparation of a Transport Assessment has been published by The Scottish Government. Scottish Transport Assessment Guidance is available here
In terms of section 21 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984, any person or organisation other than the Roads Authority who wishes to construct a new road or an extension of an existing road must obtain Construction Consent, irrespective of whether or not such roads are to be submitted for adoption as public.
New roads that are to be added to the list of public roads must be designed and constructed in accordance with the current procedures and design standards.
Information to assist private and public sector developers is available. Moray Council has published new information for small developments in the countryside and currently makes use of the Standards for Road Construction Consent and Adoption from a neighbouring Local Authority.
When new roads are proposed for construction and adoption via the RCC process, (where appropriate) vehicle swept paths analysis should be undertaken to ensure that larger vehicles may be accommodated safely within the new roads (refuse vehicles/ buses etc).
Further information on Road Design Procedures and Standards is available here
Where a developer is seeking to submit a new road to be adopted by the Roads Authority it is necessary for the layout and construction of roads, structures, road drainage, public transport infrastructure and street lighting to satisfy the current design standards.
Further information on Road Construction Consent is available here
Street naming and numbering is an important aspect of everyone's life as it allows the properties at which we live and work to have mail delivered, be identified easily, and be found quickly by doctors and emergency services. Street names themselves also contribute to a sense of place.
Under Section 97 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (as amended), Moray Council is the responsible Authority for naming of streets, and numbering of properties.
Further information on Street naming and numbering is available here
The Moray Council has published Wind Energy Policy Guidelines in accordance with National Planning Policy Guidance. The Guidance identifies preferred search areas within which wind farm developments may be suitable subject to the detailed criteria set out in the Guidance and the policies of the Moray Development Plan.
Moray Council Transportation Service Requirements for Wind Turbine Developments document is available here.