Consultation Feedback - June 2017

Thank you to everyone who took part in this consultation.  A copy of the Final Plan is now available in the 'Summary of Results' section below.


Update - June 2017

The draft Freight Action Plan for Kent went out to public consultation for eight weeks between 16th January 2017 and 12th March 2017.  A copy of the Report dated April 2017 can be found in the 'Consultation Documents' Section below.

The Plan went to Environment & Transport Cabinet Committee on the 15th June and has now been formally adopted.   Details of the Cabinet Committee can been found here.


Original Consultation Text.

IntroductionFreight Action Plan Front cover

Kent is unique in its strategic location in the country as a gateway to mainland Europe. Despite the positive economic benefits road freight brings to the county and UK, the negative implications are felt across the county. The Freight Action Plan for Kent includes nationally and locally important priorities such as Operation Stack and the provision of overnight lorry parking as well as looking into HGV routeing and the powers that KCC can use to reduce the negative impacts of road freight. The plan incorporates a refresh of the original Freight Action Plan but brings it up to date with what we have already achieved and what we will plan and continue to do to mitigate the negative impacts of road freight in Kent.


What we are proposing?

The Freight Action Plan sets out what KCC has already achieved, the roles and responsibilities of the major stakeholders of freight traffic in Kent and outlines five key actions to help mitigate the negative impacts of road freight to the county which are as follows:

  1. To tackle the problem of overnight lorry parking in Kent 
  2. To find a long term solution to Operation Stack
  3. To effectively manage the routeing of HGV traffic to ensure that such movements remain on the strategic road network for as much of its journey as possible
  4. To take steps to address the problems caused by freight traffic to communities
  5. To ensure that KCC continues to make effective use of planning and development control powers to reduce the impact of freight traffic

This consultation is an opportunity for people and organisations within Kent to express their views, including the extent to which they agree with our actions and approach to freight issues.

The draft Freight Action Plan is available to download from the 'Consultation documents' section below. 

The Equality Impact Assessment for the Freight Action Plan is available below.


Have your say

 You can provide your views on the draft plan by completing the consultation questionnaire, which is available via the link under 'Respond to this Consultation' section below. 

The consultation runs for eight weeks until Sunday 12th March. 


Alternative formats

If you require any of the consultation documents in an alternative format or language please email or call 03000 421553 (text relay service number 18001 03000 421553). This number goes to an answering machine, which is monitored during office hours.

This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    16 Jan 2017 at 09:00
  • Closed
    12 Mar 2017 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    30 Jun 2017

Summary of Results



Consulting Organisation Type
  • Kent County Council
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation
  • Ashford
  • Canterbury
  • Dartford
  • Dover
  • Gravesham
  • Maidstone
  • Medway
  • Sevenoaks
  • Shepway
  • Swale
  • Thanet
  • Tonbridge & Malling
  • Tunbridge Wells
Consultation Topic
  • General interest
  • Traffic, transport and roads
Consultation Methods
  • Online survey / questionnaire / forms
  • Other survey / questionnaire / forms
  • Open responses (e.g. letters and email)
Contact Details

If you require any further information about the draft Plan before responding to the consultation, please contact Sam Yates via email at or by writing a letter to Transport Strategy Team, Planning and Environment Division, Kent County Council, Invicta House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XX.