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Council to study rail freight proposals in greater detail

Author: Gavin Moore Published: 5th December 2017 10:03

Map showing the outline of both rail freight proposalsMap showing the outline of both rail freight proposals

The impact of a new rail freight terminal in South Northamptonshire is be studied in greater detail by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC).
The proposal, known as The Northampton Gateway SRFI, would comprise; a rail freight terminal with rail sidings, a gantry crane and container storage area, up to 468,000sq metres of associated warehousing with vehicle access via the A508, proposed highway works including a reconfiguration of junction 15 of the M1 and a new A508 bypass for Roade.
This proposal, submitted by Roxhill Ltd, is separate from the similar proposal by Ashfield Land Management for another rail freight terminal, known as Rail Central SRFI, on adjoining land at Arm Farm between Milton Malsor and Blisworth.
On Thursday, 30 November SNC’s Planning Committee confirmed a raft of observations and comments on Roxhill’s pre-application consultation.
Cllr Rebecca Breese, chairman of the Planning Committee, said: “These proposals are still at an early stage and it is clear a lot more information is needed in order for us to fully understand their real impact on the district.
“We will therefore be gearing up to prepare a Local Impact Report once Roxhill has finalised its proposal and applied to the Secretary of State for permission to proceed with the plans.”
As a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) these proposals will be examined by the Planning Inspectorate and decided by the Secretary of State with SNC acting only as a statutory consultee.
The developer has indicated it aims to submit a Development Consent Order to the Planning Inspectorate during the first quarter of 2018.
For more information, visit the developer’s website on the proposals - http://www.northampton-gateway.co.uk.


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