Updated: 13:20 16/07/20
Workers are now on the MOJO site where the Brexit clearance customs point will be built, according to the ward Cllr, Paul Bartlett of Ashford Borough Council. That said, the promised letters from the DfT to consult with local landowners before work began, has not arrived.
The Guardian have published today that the Department of Transport have “has signed off on the purchase of a vast site in Kent”.
Rachel Maclean, MP and parliamentary undersecretary of state for transport, has confirmed that the site will get approval via the secretary of state and not the usual local planning processes through what is known as a “special development order”, or SDO.
An SDO means the the Secretary of State for the DfT, Grant Shapps MP, can use The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to grant planning permission instead of seeking permission from Ashford Borough Council.
We note, as of this morning the title deed has NOT been suspended indicating a purchase is NOT happening presently. The land is still shown owned by Aviva Life & Pensions UK Ltd. What has concluded is the agreement between the parties on price and other details which allows the workers to be on the land to enclose it.
Locals residents have expressed anger at the potential noise and air pollution with the “stop-start” of lorries through the night and constant noise of refrigeration trailers. However, they’ve forgotten the land is in an area that has a high chance of flooding. The Environment Agency say the chance of flooding each year is greater than or equal to 3.3 percent (1 in 30). This takes into account the effect of any flood defences.