Cafe owner seeks per­mis­sion for over­spill lorry park

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Ducking And Diving - By Vic­to­ria Ches­sum

The own­ers of a site that has been op­er­at­ing as a 24-hour lorry park have ap­plied to con­tinue do­ing so for an­other two years.

The site at Ot­ter­pool Quarry in Ash­ford Road, Sellindge, has ac­com­mo­dated an “over­spill” of lor­ries with­out plan­ning per­mis­sion since sum­mer 2015.

The pro­posal in­cludes 73 lorry bays, four staff park­ing spa­ces and two per­ma­nent of­fice ar­eas with a toi­let and shower for driv­ers.

Ad­vi­sory route signs are set to be placed en-route.

A plan­ning state­ment from the ap­pli­cant, Pa­trick Breen who also owns the Air­port Cafe, said that “due to the lack of HGV park­ing along the A20, M20 and Kent in gen­eral, the site was utilised as an over­spill lorry park.”

The lorry park is op­po­site the popular cafe.

Ret­ro­spec­tive per­mis­sion is sought from Shep­way District Coun­cil for the site to be used as a tem­po­rary lorry park un­til April 2018.

Mr Breen’s trans­port as­sess­ment says it will at­tract 152 twoway ve­hi­cle trips per 24 hour pe­riod.

This is said to equate to nine lor­ries leav­ing dur­ing the morn­ing rush hour and 16 ar­riv­ing dur­ing the evening peak times.

The pro­posal re­ceived more than 75 let­ters of ob­jec­tion and it is rec­om­mended that per­mis­sion is re­fused when the ap­pli­ca­tion is dis­cussed at a meet­ing next Tues­day.

Both Sellindge and Stan­ford Par­ish Coun­cils have ob­jected but Nat­u­ral Eng­land has given no com­ment and High­ways Eng­land does not ob­ject.

The quarry is a for­mer min­eral and con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity.

Plan­ning of­fi­cer Richard El­der has noted in his plan­ning doc­u­men­ta­tion that a stop no­tice should be served “re­quir­ing the use of the land as a lorry park to cease im­me­di­ately.”

It is up to the plan­ning com­mit­tee whether or not it will en­dorse the rec­om­men­da­tion or grant the ap­pli­cant the per­mis­sion sought.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4044521

Pat and Julie Breen want the 24-hour lorry park to con­tinue

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4044520

Right: The cou­ple also own the Air­port cafe

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