Government could not fight review on stanford plan
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He said the original plans were being withdrawn for Stanford West because “the government can no longer defend the judicial review”.