The Government has changed the law to grant itself emergency planning permission to build lorry parks in 29 council areas including East Sussex.
BBC economics editor Faisal Islam shared the news on Twitter last night.
He said the law change was to enable the Government to build “temporary” (up to five years) “no trade deal Brexit lorry parks” by the end of the year, to serve ports.
East Sussex is probably included because of Newhaven port, which has an established ferry link to Dieppe.
The new Special Development Order will limit the capacity for locals to prevent or object under normal planning rules and, Faisal Islam says, it is explicitly for post Brexit customs/food/regulatory checks.
A document explaining the policy background says: “The Government continues to engage with port operators to understand further the capacity at ports to accommodate and deliver the required infrastructure from January 2021.
“Consequently the Government is evaluating the exact number and location of sites it will need to deliver.
“The land to which the Special Development Order applies has access to the strategic road network serving those ports with relevant EU trade, and where the Government is not yet able to conclude that border facilities are required, and can be delivered within those ports.
“The Government may, therefore, need to provide the facilities inland.”