Expansion plan for DIRFT moves a step further to creating thousands of jobs

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Thousands of new jobs are to be created in the area as plans for a new Sainsbury’s warehouse at the DIRFT II expansion take a step nearer approval.

The planned Sainsbury’s unit on land between the A428 and A5 at the Halfway House site would be nearly 87,000 sq metres in size, plus have additional office space and parking for 789 cars and 260 HGVs. There would also be a new rail spur leading to the warehouse.

The proposal from Prologis went before Daventry District Council’s planning committee on April 3, recommended for approval by officers.

In 2009, before Sainsbury’s had signed the deal with Prologis, the site had been given permission for two separate warehouses.

Councillor for the area Catherine Lomax said: “I would ask that action is taken to stop nearby rural roads further becoming rat runs for workers and HGVs. I would ask that something like a weight restriction is put on these roads.”

Cllr Lomax was told by officers that although they felt it unlikely to be worked into this application, that the issue would be raised elsewhere.

This application will be discussed by Rugby Borough Council on Wednesday next week (April 24).