Huge 24-hour lorry park planned for field

Plans have been revealed for a 200-strong HGV park in Kent. An application has been made for the massive park by Wrotham Heath, between Sevenoaks and West Malling.

A large HGV park is planned for green land off the A20. Photo: Google Street View A large HGV park is planned for green land off the A20. Photo: Google Street View

The plans, submitted to Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council by Moto, describes the park as a “secure 24-hour truck stop facility for up to 200 HGVs”. It would include a fenced-off section with 195 spaces, an ‘amenity building’ and a six-lane petrol station.

The park would be build on 16.1 acres – or just over 12 football pitches – of green land alongside the A20.

The land is also adjacent to the M26, which connects the M20 and M25, and would need to be accessed by a new roundabout. Having been online for just under two weeks, the plans have already attracted 19 objections from residents in the area, as well as four supporting comments and two neutral.

Plans submitted show the proposed layout of the site Plans submitted show the proposed layout of the site

Many objections highlight worries around building on green belt land, as well as the likely increased levels of traffic and ensuing issues over pollution. One resident of St Mary’s Platt, which lies less than a mile down the A25 from Wrotham Heath, described the plans as “the last thing we need.”

“Traffic regularly backs up on the M26 roundabout as it is, it is too busy and the last thing we need is more development on our lands adding to the problem,” they added.

A Wrotham resident added: “There will be more pollution from more lorries as well as light and noise pollution from the fact that it is open 24 hours a day. “This are open fields where sheep and lambs are grazing, it is not for 200 dirty great lorries!” To view and comment on the application, click here.

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