Isle of Wight Council

Highways - Development Control

About Highways Development Control

The Development Control Team is responsible for Searches (Highway Adoption Enquiries), Street Naming and Numbering, Highway Adoption (S38/S278/S228 Agreements), Highway Responses to Planning Applications. Supervision/Delivery of Planning Related Highway Improvement Schemes.

How can I obtain Highways advice on a planning/ development proposal?

The  Development Control Team offer a pre-application advice service on a Friday morning whereby members of the public can book an appointment with an Engineer to discuss the highway elements of their proposal. Appointments can be made via (01983) 822440 and ask to speak with the Highways Development Control Team or by emailing 

Who do I contact if I have a road adoption enquiry?

The Development Control Team will answer initial enquiries about road adoptions,  however the responsibility for formally adopting a road remains with the Isle of Wight Council and not Island Roads. 

Is there a fee for the authority to respond to an adoption enquiry?

Yes. Island Roads charge per address to respond in any written format to an enquiry relating to adoption. This fee is due in advance and cheques should be made payable to Island Roads and attached to your letter. However, Island Roads do not charge to respond verbally. Adoption plans are available to view by the public by appointment only. To book an appointment please contact the Development Control Team on or  call the help desk on (01983) 822440. 

Who do I contact for information regarding a Section 38 or Section 278 Agreement?

Information can be obtained from the Development Control Team on (01983) 822440 or via email at