Technical guidance notes and Manual for Streets

The technical guidance (TG) notes detail what the adoptable standards are within Hampshire. These documents form part of the framework of the material use policy and commuted sum policy. This aims to ensure appropriate use of materials and minimising long term maintenance costs. The guidance informs developers of what Hampshire County Council will accept on the highway network early in the design proposal stage.

The Technical Guidance Notes will replace most of the content of Hampshire County Council's companion guide to Manual for Streets, which has become out-of-date. When the technical guidance notes have been completed, we will review the companion guide to Manual for Streets and other guidance documents. If there is a discrepancy between the existing documents and the new technical guidance notes, then the new TGs take precedence.

Technical guidance notes

Document number Title Target Publication Date
TG1 Alignment Design March 2019
TG2 Highways Cross-Sections April 2019
TG3 Stopping Sight Distances and Visibility Splays
Stopping Sight Distance Calculator
TG4 Intelligent Transport Systems (Traffic signals, pedestrian crossings and traffic information systems) March 2019
TG5 Geotechnical Investigation and Testing Requirements April 2019
TG6-1 Pavement Foundation Design TBC
TG6-2 Flexible and Rigid Pavement Design TBC
TG6-3  Small Element (block paving) and Permeable Pavement Design TBC
TG7 Adoption of Structures  
TG8-1 Drainage – General Items TBC
TG8-2 Drainage – Positive Drainage Systems TBC
TG8-3 Drainage – Swales, Ditches and Above Ground Conveyance TBC
TG8-4 Drainage – Infiltration TBC
TG8-5 Drainage – Storage Systems TBC
TG8-6 Drainage – Water Quality
TG9 Public Transport Infrastructure (inc Bus Stops, Shelters, RTPI)  
TG10 Footways / Cycleways / Shared Surfaces
Also refer to the HCC Policy Position on Shared Space
March 2019
TG11 Traffic Calming March 2019
TG12 Signs and Bollards May 2019
TG13 Street Lighting  
TG14 Road Restraint Systems and Passive street furniture April 2019
TG15 Landscaping March 2019
TG16 Not used  
TG17 Departures from Standard  
TG18 Road Safety Audits  
TG19 Non-Motorised Users April 2019
TG20 Statutory Undertakers  
TG21 Traffic Regulation Orders  
TG22 Temporary Traffic Management March 2019
TG23 Not Used  
TG24 Scheme Handover April 2019
TG25 Fencing, Noise Barriers and Demarcation of the Highway Boundary May 2019

Manual for streets

The Manual for Streets is the official government guidance for design, planning and approval of new residential streets and modifications to existing ones.

The Companion Document to the Manual for Streets was Hampshire County Council’s formal highways guidance on the Hampshire approach to street design. It did not replace or duplicate the national guidance but sat alongside it as local guidance.

Over time the County Council’s policies have evolved and been updated. This has resulted in parts of the Companion Guide becoming out-of-date. The Technical Guidance Notes will be the new source of information about adoptable standards in Hampshire.


Street lighting
Surfacing options
Temporary trench cover systems
Traffic management
Traffic signal controlled junctions

To assist developers in submitting appropriate drawings, typical layouts of preliminary and detail design drawings show the level of information required at A1 and A3 size for both design check stages.

Preliminary layout (A1)

Preliminary layout (A3)

Detailed layout (A1)

Detailed layout (A3)

Example Traffic Systems Hazard Assessment and Safety Case documents

Trees on the highway

If a development is likely to impact trees on highway land, refer to Hampshire County Council's policy for the protection of highway trees affected by new developments. This outlines that compensation will be due for the loss of highway trees and the method for calculating the value.

For queries about applying this to your project, contact:

  1. the Design Check Engineer dealing with your S278 or S38 application (if you are a Developer or Developer’s Consultant)
  2. the Technical Guidance Note Specialist(s) (if you are a working within Hampshire County Council)

For queries or feedback on the Technical Guidance Notes, email stating the TG number in the subject line (eg. TG17 advice required about para 3.2)