Warwickshire and Solihull have been named as areas which could get huge Brexit lorry parks.
If the Government deems them necessary it will be able to create the lorry parks without consulting the relevant councils.
Both Warwickshire and Solihull have been included in a list of 29 local authority areas across the country as part of new legislation announced this week.
The lorry park plans are designed to prevent major disruption to food and other vital supplies when Britain severs its ties with the EU.
The legislation will enable government ministers to decide on where new customs points for lorries will be placed in the event of no post-Brexit trade deal being struck by the end of 2020.
The transition deal agreed by the UK and EU expires at the end of this year and there is increasing concern a long-term deal will not be struck before then, meaning a slew of more complicated steps will come into force for trade between the UK and the EU.
Although classed as “temporary”, the parks could remain in place for up to five years.
The Town and Country Planning (Border Facilities and Infrastructure) (EU Exit) (England) Special Development Order 2020 does not specify precisely where the lorry parks may be created but does earmark 29 local authority areas where they could be set-up.
The aim of them will be to help manage potential congestion from lorries if more red tape leads to delays at ports.
If they are deemed necessary lorry parks would need to be ready in time for the end of the transition period on January 1.
Speculation has already begun as to where lorry parks could be sited locally, particularly in Solihull.
Areas around the NEC or Birmingham Airport have been highlighted as the most likely but Meriden, on Coventry’s doorstep, has also been mentioned.
Britain had left the EU on January 31, but under the transition agreement it has continued to enjoy frictionless movement for hauliers passing between member states.
With this arrangement set to end in less than four months, a new system for checking goods will be needed. There is mounting concern this could cause major disruption.
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The government order states: “This order grants temporary planning permission for development consisting of the use of land for the stationing and processing of vehicles (particularly goods vehicles) entering or leaving Great Britain, and the provision of associated temporary facilities and infrastructure.”
Papers justifying the policy argued that sidestepping the usual decision process would allow for the “urgent delivery” of facilities.
They state: “The integrity of the border is essential for the security of the UK and one of the primary defences against a range of threats.
“It is also used to enforce international sanctions and embargoes, supporting the UK’s foreign policy and national security objectives.
“Where there is limited space at ports for new infrastructure, the Government will provide new inland sites where checks and other border processes will take place.
“Special development orders are a long-established part of the planning system, designed for handling planning proposals of national significance.”
The full list of the local authority areas where lorry parks could be sited is as follows:
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council
Cheshire East Council
Cheshire West and Chester Council
Devon County Council
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
East Sussex County Council
Essex County Council
Halton Borough Council
Hampshire County Council
Hull City Council
Kent County Council
Lancashire County Council
Leicestershire County Council
Liverpool City Council
North East Lincolnshire Council
North Lincolnshire Council
Plymouth City Council
Portsmouth City Council
Salford City Council
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Somerset County Council
Southampton City Council
Suffolk County Council
Warrington Borough Council
Warwickshire County Council