Councils urged to offer flexibility on late-night supermarket deliveries

The communities secretary has called on local authorities to be flexible about late-night deliveries in light of the driver shortage.

Robert Jenrick has asked councils to take a more relaxed approach to rules around delivery timings over the next six months.

“Many supermarkets, food retailers and distribution centres in England are subject to controls which restrict the time and number of deliveries from lorries and other delivery vehicles, particularly at night,” said the cabinet minister in a written statement.

Jenrick said that the purpose of his statement, which comes into effect immediately, is to make clear that local planning authorities should take a “positive approach” to their engagement with food retailers and distributors, as well as the freight industry, to ensure planning controls are “not a barrier” to deliveries of food, sanitary, and other essential goods.

He added that local planning authorities should not seek to undertake planning enforcement action which would result in unnecessarily restricting deliveries of food, sanitary and other essential goods during this period, having regard to their legal obligations.

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