Statement on decision to approve proposals for the Northampton Gateway rail freight…

Statement from South Northamptonshire Council on the decision by the Secretary of State to approve proposals for a rail freight terminal off the A508 near Roade.

Published: Friday, 11th October 2019

Cllr 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 Rail Central proposals continue to falter after the applicant’s failure to prepare proper evidence and to stick to their own timetable.

“We would hope the Planning Inspectorate will now see the people of South Northants are doing their bit for the national good and that further development in this area is unwarranted.”