Planning applications should consider lorry parking – Govt

30th July 2018

Lorry parking should be considered in many industrial site planning applications according to guidelines published by the government.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced last week that planning policies and decisions should recognise the importance of providing adequate overnight lorry parking facilities, taking into account any local shortages.

The provision features in an updated National Planning Policy Framework for planning applications after sustained lobbying from the Road Haulage Association.

“It’s a victory for common sense,” said RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett, “We’re pleased that the government has listened and recommended that lorry parking should be considered in distribution centre planning applications.

“Thousands of truckers are still left to park in unsecure areas every night without basic amenities because there’s nowhere else for them to go.

“We want to see local authorities working to this framework and doing all they can to provide the facilities truckers deserve.”


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NOTES FOR EDITORS

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF): https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/728643/Revised_NPPF_2018.pdf


Extract from NPPF 2018

107. Planning policies and decisions should recognise the importance of providing adequate overnight lorry parking facilities, taking into account any local shortages, to reduce the risk of parking in locations that lack proper facilities or could cause a nuisance. Proposals for new or expanded distribution centres should make provision for sufficient lorry parking to cater for their anticipated use.