Call for Towcester residents to be asked opinion on second rail freight terminal proposal

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People in Towcester should be asked for their views during the public consultation on a proposal for a strategic rail freight interchange (SRFI), on land between Collingtree, Milton Malsor, Blisworth and Roade.

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.

The proposal, submitted by Roxhill Ltd, is separate from a similar proposal submitted 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, 3 August, South Northamptonshire Council’s (SNC) Planning Committee recommended that an additional public exhibition be held in Towcester during the consultation period, that the Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC) be revised to include details of this event, and that matters covered in the consultation should be set out more clearly.

Cllr Roger Clarke, SNC’s portfolio holder for planning and environment said: “As with the proposed Rail Central SRFI we think it is vital all those who might be affected  to have a fair opportunity to view the proposals for the Northampton Gateway SRFI and have their views recorded.”

The statutory consultation will run for six weeks from Monday, 2 October 2017 until Monday, 13 November 2017.

During this time, consultation documents describing the proposal will be available for the public to view at libraries in Roade, Wootton, Hunsbury and at The Forum in Towcester, as well as the offices of Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council.

Public exhibitions are provisionally proposed to be held in the following locations:

A summary document is to be delivered by the applicant to all households and businesses within the consultation area, with key details of the proposed development and information on how individuals can make representations.

As 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.