DIRFT III gets planning permission

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

The plans to expand the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal have been given the go-ahead by the government.

DIRFT III, which is likely to bring 9,000 jobs to the area, was granted permission by the Department of Transport.

Development consent has been granted for the expansion of the existing Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal by 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 decision announced today follows an examination process by the Planning Inspectorate which was completed within the statutory timescales laid down in the Planning Act 2008 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011).

The application was submitted by Rugby Radio Station Limited Partnership & Prologis UK Limited for consideration on 22 February 2013 and accepted for examination on 20 March 2013.

Following the examination, where interested parties were given the opportunity to give evidence to the Examining Authority, a recommendation was made to the Secretary of State for Transport on 7 April 2014.

The Planning Inspectorate’s Chief Executive, Simon Ridley, said: “The examination of the application was completed within the timescales prescribed in the Planning Act and a recommendation made to the Secretary of State for Transport. Today’s decision supports that recommendation.”

“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 putforward 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 by the Examining Authority in reaching its decision, is publicly available on the National Infrastructure Planning website.