Overnight HGV parking should be considered in planning decisions and when DCs are proposed, according to new government guidelines. The move, welcomed by the RHA, should ensure driver welfare is taken into account by local authorities when coming to their decisions. In an updated National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), it states: “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 […]
The government has encouraged the industry to respond to plans to overhaul the country’s outdated planning system and explain how “high quality” lorry parking facilities should be provided.
Government plans to build a £250m lorry park in Kent to prevent delays caused by Operation Stack have been criticised by the Transport Committee, which described the decision as “rushed” and called for more research into its cost and impact.
Hauliers are still parking in unsafe locations with inadequate welfare, hygiene and sanitation facilities – two years after the government promised to provide more secure parking sites.