Main Changes to Local Plan 2030

Policy TRA9 - Planning for HGV movement (MC69)

Page 223 Policy TRA9

Response to reps 826, 1331, 1336

Amend first bullet point of 5.283 under The approach to Heavy Goods Vehicles , and subsequent Policy TRA9 amendments as follows:

  • scheme provides HGV parking to at least meet the number of spaces required as established through the Kent Vehicle Standards SPG (produced by KCC) and reflected in policy TRA9 below Highway Authority's adopted standards (currently in KCC SPG4 - Kent Vehicle Parking Standards (July 2006) or, if greater, the latest physical requirements to accommodate HGVs as average sizes increase, with sufficient spacing for parking, manoeuvring and turning. These should be provided on-site or in any communal HGV parking area. Parking on the public highway will not be regarded as a means of meeting HGV parking Standards. It is expected that only certain classes of development will give rise to the need for HGV parking, and the provision required for a development is usually based on the floor area, the number of staff, the seating capacity or the number of visitors. However, employment-generating development will still be expected to provide for deliveries. Unless otherwise stated, the floor space to be used in applying the standards is the gross floor area based on the external measurement over each floor of the building with corridors, stairwells, etc. included in the measurement.

Policy TRA9 – Planning for HGV movement

Proposals which generate significant heavy goods vehicle (HGV) movements will only be supported where the use is acceptable in planning terms, and:-

 a. sufficient HGV parking spaces are provided in a way that is consistent with the Highways Authority's adopted standards and where possible exceeded, unless exceptional circumstances dictate a departure from these standards in line with policy TRA3(b) above;

b.  a.            the size and layout of the site is sufficient to accommodate HGV manoeuvring movements and parking in a way that does not lead to the public highway being used for either purpose; and,

c.  b.            HGV movements are limited to appropriate times of operation given the context of the site.

c.                 sufficient HGV parking spaces are provided at a level commensurate with use, at not less than the following levels, unless exceptional circumstances dictate a departure from these standards in line with policy TRA3(b) above:

A3 (Transport cafés)

1 lorry space per 5m2

B1 Business (High Tech/Research/Light Industrial only)

1 space per 200m2

B2 General Industrial

1 space per 200m2

B8 Storage & Distribution, or Wholesale Trade Distribution

1 space per 300m2