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Plans resubmitted for rejected freight rail hub

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Plans for a massive strategic rail freight hub in Northampton have been resubmitted to the Planning Inspectorate after “minor errors” in the plans were corrected.

The previous submission was rejected by the Planning Inspectorate earlier this month saying it was “insufficiently clear”.

Feedback, provided at the time of the rejection, stated that there were “inconsistencies between certain documents and plans, conflicting internal references between and within documents and some inconsistencies between the hard and electronic copy submitted make the application insufficiently clear”.

The scheme, known as Rail Central, is seen as being nationally significant and as such, a development consent order (DCO) is required.

The major logistics and distribution hub will cover an area of 101ha and have direct rail connections to the West Coast Main Line and Northampton Loop Line alongside road access to the A43 and M1.

In addition, the proposals also include highway improvements to 15 junctions, with a major upgrade to J15A of the M1.

A spokesperson for Rail Central said: “Rail Central is an important investment in infrastructure which will create thousands of new jobs, help shift more freight off the roads and onto rail, and meet increasing demand for well-connected logistics space.

“We have made a small number of updates to the application following feedback from PINS and are pleased to have submitted the planning application. We look forward to the application being accepted in November and advancing to the examination stage.”

The Inspectorate now has a further 28 days to assess the resubmitted plans. The project is being brought forward by Ashfield Land in partnership with Gazeley GLP. 

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Readers' comments (1)

  • In hindsight I expect that the consultants who made the application wished they had employed a proof reader. Inconsistencies within planning documentation is in my experience a common event.

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