Now, this is a bit of a ramp-up in the no-deal Brexit preparations!
With talk of a no-deal Brexit increasing in volume, the government has just issued a new regulation to come into force on the 28th of September to grant planning permission to build lorry processing parks across coastal regions of England.
What this Special Development Order relates to is:
“… the making of a material change in the use of land to use for the purpose of or in connection with:
“…. any activity that forms part of, or is incidental to, functions required to be carried out by or on behalf of a border department in connection with vehicles (in particular goods vehicles) and goods entering or exiting, or that are about to enter or exit, Great Britain …”
And note here that these rules only relate to physical parks in England and goods entering or leaving ‘Great Britain’ not the UK, which includes Northern Ireland – presumably due to the Irish border protocol and the new Great Britain / Ireland border down the Irish Sea.
And where will these parks be situated?
We there are 29 designated areas where these planning rules apply, except where they conflict with listed status, national parks, sites of historical interest and the like. And it also seems to exclude land with less than seven years remaining on a lease.
The rules will remain in place until the 31st of December 2025. Developers must submit a reinstatement plan to return the site to its original state by the 30th of June 2025. With reinstatement works completed by the end of 2026.
This next part of the video shows a list of the sites, and you can see how far around England they are spread.
From Bournemouth to Kent and from the Medway to Portsmouth.
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Brexit: No Deal preparations are getting serious.