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New Planning Practice Guidance On Freight Needed

Reasons to choose Wilson Browne

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has published its report, Better Delivery: The Challenge for Freight.

One of NIC’s central findings is the recognition of freight’s needs in the planning system. NIC consider that the government should produce new planning practice guidance on freight for strategic policy making authorities by the end of 2020.

This guidance should give further details on appropriate considerations when planning for freight including the need to:

  • Provide and protect sufficient land/floorspace for storage and distribution activities on the basis of population and economic need, with particular consideration for the floorspace requirements for last mile distribution and consolidation centres.
  • Support the clustering of related activities within a supply chain, minimising the distance that goods must be moved and maximising the potential for efficient operations.
  • Maximise the potential for freight trips to be made at off-peak times.
  • Accommodate deliveries and servicing activity at the point of delivery.

Wilson Browne act for a number of clients operating within the logistics sector and it will be interesting to see how the government reacts to the report and its recommendations.

Better Delivery: The Challenge for Freight

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Ika Částka


Ika Částka


Ika is a member of the Commercial Property team and has been advising individuals and businesses across Northamptonshire since 1986, specialising in commercial, agricultural and rural property matters for both businesses and individuals.