Council raises concerns about Government lorry park plans for west Cheshire

4 September 2020

Cheshire West and Chester Council is requesting urgent clarification about the Government’s announcement on 3 September 2020 that a lorry park could be located in west Cheshire. 

The plans, revealed in The Town and Country Planning (Border Facilities and Infrastructure) (EU Exit) (England) Special Development Order 2020, could potentially locate a large holding area for HGVs in west Cheshire. The new legislation overrides local planning decisions, with normal local planning consent no longer required. 

Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “I wrote to the Government last month stating that Cheshire West and Chester Council would very much welcome the opportunity to meet and understand further details of any new infrastructure and changes in planning processes.  We have yet to receive a response. 

“The Council is concerned about the lack of consultation before this decision was made.  We will be looking at the possible implications and have contacted the Government again to share our views, seek further clarification and request an urgent meeting.”

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