Residents fear Kilsby ‘under siege’ after DIRFT III approval

The government has approved an expansion of the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal which could create an extra 9,000 jobs.

DIRFT III was given approval by the planning inspectorate on Thursday July 3.

The new development will be eight million square feet and provide warehousing to allow companies to integrate rail freight into their distribution.

Site preparation work will start before the end of the year and Prologis, the owners of DIRFT, anticipate that the first buildings could be ready for occupation by the end of 2016.

Rob Chamberlain, who lives in Kilsby, says that the cumulative effect of DIRFT III and housing developments which could see 6,500new homes built means his village is under siege.

He said: “My reaction is that I am not surprised in the slightest that it was given the go-ahead
“Many villagers will already tell you about HGVs going down village roads in Kilsby. With DIRFT III and all of the homes it is just going to add to the traffic problems. Kilsby is under siege.”

Robin Woodbridge, senior vice president at Prologis, said: “We have been consulting with local stakeholders about our plans for DIRFT III for a number of years and we are delighted that we are now in a position to attract new jobs to the Daventry area.

“We value our relationships with the local community highly and we will continue to keep everyone up to date as our plans progress.”

DIRFT III will also regenerate the former Rugby Radio Station site over a period of 20 years.

The development of Lilbourne Meadows – an area of informal green open space at the northern edge of the site – is one of the design features incorporated due to feedback.

Thenews of DIRFT III getting ap proval has been welcomed by Daventry District Council. (DDC)

DDC’s economic, regeneration and employment porfolio holder Cllr Chris Over said: “This expansion of DIRFT reaffirms our district as an important, strategic location for an international business hub.

“It will be a real boost for local jobs and will attract fresh investment into our district, which continue to be top priorities for this council. The road to rail option offered at this development is another important feature.”