Andrea Leadsom MP Responds To Planning Inspectorate's Examination of Northampton Gateway
|Author: Tommy Gilchrist||Published: 5th November 2018 17:08|
Earlier today Andrea Leadsom, the Member of Parliament for
South Northamptonshire, submitted her Written Representation
to the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the hundreds of her
constituents who have contacted her about Roxhill’s proposals
to develop a strategic rail freight interchange.Earlier today Andrea Leadsom, the Member of Parliament for South Northamptonshire, submitted her Written Representation to the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the hundreds of her constituents who have contacted her about Roxhill’s proposals to develop a strategic rail freight interchange, known as Northampton Gateway, near Blisworth, Collingtree, Roade and Milton Malsor.
PINS, the Planning Inspectorate, is currently conducting an examination of Roxhill’s application, and has received over 800 Relevant Representations from concerned residents, parish councils and other local authorities, and other statutory and non-statutory consultees. In their initial response to the application, PINS has issued a total of 98 written questions seeking further information from Roxhill and other parties.
The examination will continue into the New Year, and PINS has to complete its work no later than Tuesday 9th April – a six month period since the examination began – before making a recommendation to the Secretary of State to grant or not grant a Development Consent Order.
“I have always been absolutely clear that I am very supportive of the Government’s proposals to deliver a modal shift in freight from road to rail, and the development of strategic rail freight interchanges through the National Policy Statement for National Networks forms a key part of this.
“However, my constituents have raised a number of significant and substantial concerns about the development Roxhill is bringing forward, across a range of issues from the need for further rail-connected warehousing locally, rail network capacity on the West Coast Main Line, environmental impact on a greenfield site, availability of a local workforce, and not least the impact on the local road network of the additional HGVs and other vehicles.
“My role as their elected Member of Parliament is to reflect these views to the best of my ability, and I hope that my Written Representation to PINS does just that.”