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Northampton rail freight NSIP approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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Transport secretary Grant Shapps has granted a development consent order for the Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange, a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP).

Submitted by Roxhill Developments Limited, the scheme will be located on land west of the A508, south west of junction 15 of the M1 and east of Northampton Loop Line. Oxalis Planning led the planning process.

It will consist of an intermodal freight terminal that includes container storage and HGV parking, rail sidings to serve individual warehouses, and an aggregates facility as part of the terminal, which would be capable of providing a rapid rail freight facility.

The development also includes:

  • Up to 468,000 square metres of warehouse and ancillary buildings to be built, with additional mezzanine space.
  • A secure dedicated HGV parking area comprising approximately 120 spaces alongside driver welfare facilities.
  • New road infrastructure and works to the existing road network, such as new access and associated works to the A508 and a new bypass to the village of Roade, improvements to junction 15 and 15A of the M1.
  • Strategic landscaping and tree planting.
  • Earthworks and demolition of existing structures on the main site.

The application was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in May 2018 and accepted for examination in June 2018. A recommendation was made to the secretary of state on 9 July 2019.

Phil Bignell, South Northamptonshire Council’s deputy leader and portfolio holder for planning, said: “There are two similar proposals for this area, and while we would rather have had neither, Northampton Gateway had the least impact on the district and delivered the most benefits.

“Roade is in desperate need of a bypass and junction 15 of the M1 requires improvements if it is to keep up with the pace of change.

“We will work closely with developers to minimise disruption to residents and maximise the benefits this development might bring to the wider district."

The other scheme proposed for Northampton is for Rail Central, located where the West Coast Main Line meets the Northampton Loop Line to the south west of Northampton and between the villages of Blisworth and Milton Malsor.

Documents relating to the development can be found on the Planning Inspectorate website.

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