Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport Matthew Balfour said:
“I’m pleased the government has agreed to a site and is moving quickly with constructing this permanent lorry holding area.
“For years we have argued that a solution to the problem of Operation Stack – blighting not only Kent’s residents and businesses but much of the UK – needs to be considered, and this is a culmination of that work.
“Last year’s Stack had an estimated cost to the Kent and Medway economy of around £1.45 million a day and across the country it was estimated to be about £250 million a day.
“We will continue to support the government and Highways England in ensuring the lorry area is operational as soon as possible.
“We fully intend to support property owners in Stanford during this process.
“Alongside appropriate environmental mitigation measures, we believe residents should be quickly and fully compensated for the loss of property value and inability to sell if they need or want to move.”