S278 Highways Agreement
Work usually begins within four to six weeks of the agreement being signed. The document is prepared by the lawyer of the local highway authority and issued to the developer`s lawyer in the form of design. The details of the agreement will then be agreed before the final document is finalized and signed by both parties before the start of field work. The agreement specifies the requirements of the local road authority and the developer to ensure that the proposed work is carried out in accordance with the approved plans. It also explains how local road authorities can act if the developer is unable to complete the work. Section 278 of the agreements is generally the local authority that authorizes the developer to carry out the proposed work. Sometimes the highway service does the work, or the developer can pay the highway service to do the job if it`s comfortable for the developer`s schedule. An agreement S278 applies to road works required by public highway development. As a motorway authority, we give permission for all work on the motorway. Work can only begin when the agreement is concluded in accordance with Section 278.
The development planning request will generally define the principles of the work required. The motorway authority cannot then refuse to enter into an agreement for the promoter to carry out the authorized work as long as the work complies with the appropriate standards. In cases where a highway system requires real estate developers to set up land under their control to accept it as public highways, please refer to Section 38 of the agreements. In many of our works, you will often find reflection point 278 (or S278). In Birmingham, we normally use s278 agreements to allow designers to employ a contractor in road construction and for that contractor to work on the existing public highway, as we, the motorway authority, would carry out work. The proponent is responsible for all aspects of the public highway work, from planning to monitoring the construction and ensuring that the work is completed to our satisfaction.