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Highway and Infrastructure Adoptions

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A range of national guidance exists about the design of residential developments.

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The Manual for Streets (MfS) was published in March 2007. It provides guidance on new residential streets including:

  • design
  • construction
  • adoption
  • maintenance

It replaces the Design Bulletin 32 (DB32) and its companion document Places, Streets and Movement.

The Manual for Streets 2 (MfS2) builds on the principles set out by the MfS. It also provides further guidance on busier streets and roads in both urban and rural locations.

MfS and MfS2 provide national guidance for all practitioners involved in the development planning process. Cornwall Council supports the approach set out in MfS and MfS2. However, we believe that clarification is required in some areas. This is to ensure that developers and applicants understand how MfS and MfS2 will be interpreted in Cornwall. MfS states:

“highway and planning authorities have considerable leeway to develop local policies and standards and to make technical judgements about how they are applied”.

The information contained within this section should be read in conjunction with MfS. The guidance aims to provide advice on how MfS is to be interpreted and applied within Cornwall. It replaces all previous Cornwall highway design guides. This approach is supported by the Council’s Planning Department.

You can register to receive direct updates when:

  • amendments to the above documents or policies are made
  • new documents are made available

To recieve updates, please provide your email address to the Infrastructure Adoptions team.

Who will control my data?

The Data Controller for all the information you provide is:

Cornwall Council
New County Hall
Treyew Road
Truro, TR1 3AY

Data Protection Registration Number: Z1745294

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If you need help in registering for updates please contact the Infrastructure Adoptions team:

How we will use the information about you  

Your information will be used to provide you with updates and notification of amendments. This will be to the content held on the Infrastructure Adoptions webpages including:

  • standard drawings
  • policy and guidance documents
  • fees
  • web page content

Who else will we share your information with?

We will only use this information to update you when any changes or amendments are made to the Infrastructure Adoptions webpages. Your contact information may have been provided to the Council outside of this request. This will be covered by an alternative privacy notice and retention period. 

How will we look after your data

Your data will be held within Cornwall Council’s secure network and premises. It will not be processed outside of the UK / the EEA.  Access to your information will only be made to authorised members of staff. These are staff who are required to process it for the purposes outlined in this privacy notice.

How long will you keep this information for?

The email address you provide will continue to be held by the Council. You will continue to receive updates, until such time as you unsubscribe. To unsubscribe from these updates please send a further email confirming you no longer wish to receive these updates. On receipt of your request to be unsubscribed your details will be deleted.

Please be aware that your details will only be deleted from this distribution list. (The Highway & Infrastructure Adoptions webpages email distribution list.) Your contact details may have been provided to this department, or any other department within the Council, as part of an alternative service. This will be covered by a different privacy notice which will confirm the retention period.

What are my data rights?

Your personal information belongs to you and you have the right to:

  • be informed of how we will process it
  • request a copy of what we hold about you. This would be in a commonly used electronic format if you wish. (If you provided this to us electronically for automated processing, we will return it in the same way.)
  • have it amended if it’s incorrect or incomplete
  • have it deleted (where we do not have a legal requirement to retain it)
  • withdraw your consent if you no longer wish us to process
  • restrict how we process it
  • object to us using it for marketing or research purposes
  • object to us using it in relation to a legal task or in the exercise of an official authority
  • request that a person reviews an automated decision where it has had an adverse effect on you

How do I exercise these rights?

You can exercise these rights if:

  • you would like to access any of the information we hold about you
  • you have concerns regarding the way we have processed your information

Please contact:

Simon Mansell

Data Protection Officer
Cornwall Council
County Hall

Tel: 01872 326424


I don’t agree with something

We would prefer any complaints to be made to us initially. This gives us the opportunity to see if we can put things right.  However, you can raise your concerns direct with the Information Commissioner’s Office

Tel No. 0303 123 1113


You can do this if you are unhappy with:

  • the way we have processed your information
  • how we have responded to your request to exercise any of your rights in relation to your data

Why do you need my information?

You have asked us to provide you with Infrastructure Adoptions webpage updates. This information will be provided via email. Therefore we need your email address. Without your email we will not be able to provide you with the service.

By requesting to be added to the register of updates you confirm you have read and understood the above information