Delivery controls relaxed to support fight against Coronavirus

 Planning restrictions associated with the movement of food and essential deliveries are being relaxed by Malvern Hills and Wychavon District councils, to support efforts to ensure people have access to the items they need during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Controls are placed on some food suppliers, supermarkets, food retailers and distribution centres which restrict the number of deliveries that can be received in a day and the times of day they can be made.

From now, both councils will not actively enforce these restrictions. This will give retailers the flexibility they need to minimise disruption to supply chains and make deliveries of food and other essential items as quickly as possible. The decision will be reviewed at the end of May and extended if both councils decide it is needed.

The move follows an announcement by Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, made in Parliament last week. It stated local planning authorities 'should not seek to undertake planning enforcement action which would result in unnecessarily restricting deliveries of food and other essential deliveries during this period'.

Cllr David Harrison, responsible for Planning and Infrastructure, on Malvern Hills District Council, said: "We encourage supermarkets, pharmacies and other suppliers of essential items to maintain normal deliveries where possible but this announcement will give them the confidence and flexibility to allow additional deliveries as and when needed, to ensure people get the items they need."

Cllr Tony Rowley, responsible for Planning, Infrastructure and Urban Design on Wychavon District Council, said: "We know this will have an impact on some of our residents who may face disruption as a result of this. We apologise in advance for that but we feel doing whatever we can to help retailers get essential items on to shelves and to the people who need them is likely to outweigh any other concerns at this time."

Businesses in Malvern Hills or Wychavon needing to operate outside of their approved collection/delivery hours should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01684 862221.

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