Government should produce new planning practice guidance on freight for strategic policy making authorities. The guidance should better support these authorities in planning for efficient freight networks to service homes and businesses as part of their plan making processes. This new planning practice guidance, which should be prepared by the end of 2020, should give further detail on appropriate considerations when planning for freight, such as 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; and
- accommodate deliveries and servicing activity at the point of delivery.