Tritax withdraws rail freight interchange plans

Developer Tritax Symmetry has withdrawn its 9.1 million ft² Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange application, which Logistics Manager reported it had submitted to the Planning Inspectorate last month.

The developer has been told that it needs to provide a technical report which may take weeks to prepare. The developer will then have to resubmit the application.

The 450-acre site had been proposed to the Planning Inspectorate to be considered under special rules for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) whereby the decision for approval is made by the Secretary of State for Transport rather than at a local or regional level.

The scheme has garnered a great deal of local resistance notably from Blaby Council which suggested the scheme should not be considered as a NSIP as reported by Logistics Manager in April last year.

The scheme just off at Junction 2 of the M69 will comprise an intermodal rail freight terminal on the Felixstowe to Nuneaton railway line with a daily capacity to accommodate 16 trains up to 775m in length (removing up to 1.6 billion HGV kilometres a year from the roads) augmented by 9.15 million ft² of warehouse floorspace.

The whole scheme will be landscaped and provide public rights of way and the creation of new ecological enhancement areas and publicly accessible open areas.

It will be constructed to net zero and provide up to 8,400 jobs.


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