Gov­ern­ment could not fight re­view on stan­ford plan

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The gov­ern­ment was forced to scrap its plan for a huge lorry park at Stan­ford, near Folke­stone, last year.

Min­is­ters an­nounced in Novem­ber that plans for the 3,600-space lorry park had been shelved af­ter de­cid­ing not to con­test a ju­di­cial re­view, prompted by res­i­dents’ op­po­si­tion.

The 250-acre hold­ing area – the size of Dis­ney­land – was ear­marked for fields off the M20 near junc­tion 11, to be called Stan­ford West.

Trans­port sec­re­tary Chris Grayling told par­lia­ment at the time that the gov­ern­ment needed to “re­assess the scope, scale and lo­ca­tion of our so­lu­tions” to Op­er­a­tion Stack, which hit Kent hard dur­ing the sum­mer of 2015.

Mr Grayling added that the new de­signs to be drawn up by High­ways Eng­land must con­sider the “changes since the orig­i­nal con­cept, in­clud­ing the UK’s exit from the Euro­pean Union” and the day-to-day need for “busi­nes­sas-usual lorry park­ing in Kent”.

He said the orig­i­nal plans were be­ing with­drawn for Stan­ford West be­cause “the gov­ern­ment can no longer de­fend the ju­di­cial re­view”.

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