Regional forestry and woodland strategies identify preferred areas for planting new commercial forests. In some cases the capacity of the road network to take timber traffic is a consideration. Timber transport access may also be considered when scoping or assessing planting proposals for the award of public grants.
The Agreed Routes Maps are not drawn up with access to new planting in mind. However, the experience gained by the timber transport groups can help to inform local authorities in highlighting any haulage constraints, based on existing infrastructure, in any response to consultation on new planting. It is possible that future technologies may offer novel solutions but applicants can expect to have to demonstrate how any obvious constraints might be overcome.