Somerset County Council

New residential roads


You can contact us to find out when a new residential road will be completed in a new housing development, and to find out if a new road will be adopted by us.

When you contact us we will provide you with contact details of the developer carrying out the works. We will be able to advise you of their intended programme. 

If we cannot answer your question immediately, we will get back to you within 3 working days by phone or within 10 days with a written response. 

When you contact us to find out if a road on a new housing development will be adopted by us, we will advise you of the current position. If we can't answer your question we will get back to you within 3 working days by phone or within 10 days with a written response.

When contacting us please provide the following information:

  • Your name and contact details
  • Location and name of development site
  • Name of the developer
  • House/plot number, road name (if known) and phase of development (if applicable) 

We oversee the design, construction and adoption of all new developer funded highway infrastructure. Once a road has been adopted, the County Council are liable for all maintenance costs. 

An adopted highway is a road, footpath or bridleway that is maintained at public expense usually by the Highway Authority.

We ensure that new roads are built to a safe and high standard that keep future maintenance costs to a minimum.

In the last five years we have overseen the completion of approximately 25 miles of new residential roads and just over £13 million of improvements to the existing highway network.


Contact: Estate Roads
Address: Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset TA1 4DY
Phone: 0300 123 2224
Fax: 01823 358064

Customer Contact opening hours: Monday 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed. 

Development Control opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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