DIRFT expansion given the go-ahead

The plan had been criticised by some living nearby
The plan had been criticised by some living nearby

Officials have granted permission for an expansion of the vast DIRFT site.

DIRFT III application was given development consent by the Department for Transport today (Thursday). The expansion of the existing Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal involves the construction and operation of a new rail link to a replacement interchange, together with new transhipment sidings, container storage, an HGV reception area, up to 731,000 square metres of rail served storage and a “strategic” open space.

The application was submitted by Rugby Radio Station Limited Partnership and Prologis UK Limited. It had received criticism from some living nearby, with concerns including the possible effect on traffic.

The Planning Inspectorate’s chief executive, Simon Ridley, said: “A major priority for us over the course of the examination was to ensure that communities who might be affected by this proposal had the opportunity to put forward their views. As always, the examining authority gave careful consideration to these before reaching a conclusion.

Documentation, including the decision, the recommendation made to the Secretary of State and the evidence considered in reaching the decision, is publicly available on the National Infrastructure Planning website: http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/projects/east-midlands/daventry-international-rail-freight-terminal/?ipcsection=overview