In response to the Shadow Chancellor, Rachel Reeves’ planning reform pledge at the Labour Party Conference, the RHA said:

“It’s essential that we have a fit-for purpose planning system as the movement of goods is vital for the wellbeing of our society and the economy. We believe all supporting infrastructure from the Strategic Road Network to lorry parking, to drivers facilities, should be considered nationally significant. There should also be greater direction from government to ensure the unimpeded flow of goods and to eliminate inefficiencies that adversely affects productivity.

“We believe that the current approach to planning is fragmented, and therefore doesn’t promote the efficient flow of goods throughout the country.

“We’re calling on government to collaborate with industry and other stakeholders to reform of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to ensure that local decisions can deliver this nationally significant infrastructure.

“A reformed NPPF should support the provision of infrastructure on new projects to help decarbonisation.

“It also needs to be strengthened to make it easier to secure planning permission for lorry parking facilities, including mandating local authorities to provide enough facilities and overnight parking for lorries to meet demand.”

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