A Government Planning Inspector has overruled the Borough Council to approve plans for additional HGV parking spaces in green belt land at Corley Service Station.

In late 2017, North Warwickshire Borough Council refused the application with Conservative Councillors representing Coleshill voting against the proposals, despite being warned that this would only mean more HGV’s parking on residential streets around Station Road and Temple Way.

Labour Councillors voted for the application, recognising the need to provide secure HGV parking there, to remove the need for HGV’s to park around Coleshill and the surrounding villages.

Labour Candidate for Coleshill North, Jack Deakin said;

“It’s not often I congratulate the Government for wanting to build on green belt, but this is a really good decision. The local Conservatives voted to protect their own political interests in a strong Conservative area, but the Government inspector agreed with Labour – we desperately need more HGV parking.

“Corley services is ideally located to help tackle the issue of HGV parking on residential roads and this can only be positive for Coleshill. HGV parking is dangerous on unlit roads and it’s also a cause of anti-social behavior because of the lack of facilities for drivers.

“I’m delighted we are finally seeing some action to tackle HGV’s parking in our town, it’s just a shame some Conservatives in Coleshill voted with their party over the people they represent.”

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