The Infrastructure Hub
The Infrastructure Hub headed by Bridgette Boucher is a busy, vibrant group of lawyers who are passionate about the high quality work that they provide for their clients because they know, that in doing so, they are making a real difference to local communities.
Areas of expertise:
- Section 106 agreements
- General county planning and enforcement, including appeals and advice to committee
- Side roads orders
- Stopping up of land
- General highways advice
- Highways agreement including S38 and S278s
- Traffic Regulation Orders (both permanent and temporary)
- Public rights of way
- Village greens (including determining claims)
- Common land
- Grants of licences to cultivate
- Flooding and drainage advice
Our team of lawyers put their clients ‘front and centre’ of what they do. We offer legal expertise across the above vast range of planning and highway law.
Legal Service’s support and guidance on major highway projects is often an essential component of successful scheme delivery.
In recent years my team have been the beneficiary of a close working relationship with the team, helping us better understand, define and ultimately, transition through complex legal arguments and case law.
Scott -Team Leader: Major Projects, Highways Commissioning
From small sites to large mixed development sites, the team drafts and negotiates S106 agreements and unilateral undertaking securing vital contributions for highways, transportation, education and community purposes for the County.
We draft and negotiate highways agreements including S278 (to facilitate works on existing highways), S38 (which provides for the dedication of new estate roads as public highway), and work in partnership with Highways England in terms of network agreements under Sections 4,6 and 8 to deliver major pieces of infrastructure projects within the county.
As an in-house team we are in a unique position to also advise on waste and minerals issues (in fulfilment of the County Council’s planning functions).
On a boarder level we also provide general highway law advice from public rights of way issues to enforcement. If enforcement is required, we work closely with our in-house litigation colleagues and carry out any necessary advocacy.
As a registration authority for commons the team deals with queries relating to both commons and village greens and determines claims in respect of village greens in a positive and effective way.
The team also deals with Traffic Regulation Orders in terms of both traffic and parking.