Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange

The promoter's public and statutory consultation concluded on 8 April 2022. The Council's consultation response is available to view on our planning applications website by using the proposal's dedicated Council reference 22/3000/HNRFI.

What is it?

A proposed Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project in the south of the District of Blaby. The site is proposed to include:

  • New rail infrastructure providing access to a series of parallel sidings
  • Intermodal freight terminal "railport" capable of accommodating up to 16 trains of up to 775 meters in length
  • Hard surfaced areas for container storage
  • Up to 850,000 square meters of warehousing and ancillary buildings with a total footprint of 650,000 square meters and up to 200,000 square meters of mezzanine floorspace
  • Lorry park with welfare facilities and fuel filling station
  • Energy centre incorporating an electricity substation, a gas-fired combined heat and power plant, battery capacity and roof-mounted photovoltaic arrays 
  • Terrain remodelling, hard and soft landscape works, amenity water features and planting
  • Noise attenuation measures consisting of acoustic barriers up to 6 meters in height
  • Pedestrian, equestrian and cycle access routes and infrastructure
  • M69 update works including additional northbound and southbound slip roads
  • Link road from M69 junction 2 to the B4668 / A47 Leicester Road

Where is it?

The site is south west of the village of Elmesthorpe. It is predominantly within the boundary of Blaby District with a section of the new A47 link road within the boundary of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council. 

Who is deciding this application?

The development is considered to be a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and as such the Council will act as a statutory consultee in the process and will not be responsible for determining the application.

A formal application will be made by Tritax Symmetry (formerly DB Symmetry) to the Secretary of State for Transport for a Development Consent Order through the Infrastructure Planning Unit which is administered through the Planning Inspectorate. A link to the Planning Inspectorate's website is provided below.

What will the process of this application look like?

The project is already registered with the Infrastructure Planning Unit and is currently in the pre-application stage. All timescales are estimates based on the latest dates given by the applicant. The process is made up of:

  • Formal consultation 12 January - 8 April 2022
  • Pre-application (current and ongoing until September 2022)
  • Submission of application and acceptance by the Planning Inspectorate July - September 2022
  • Pre-examination (including pre-examination meeting) July - September 2022
  • Examination begins October 2022 - March 2023 and lasts for 6 months
  • Recommendation July - September 2023
  • Decision October - December 2023
  • Post decision end of 2023 and beyond
When will Blaby District Council get involved?
  • During the pre-application stage, there is a statutory duty on the applicant to consult local residents and interested parties. We have had an opportunity to input into the Statement of Community Consultation which sets out how the consultation with the community will be undertaken 

  • We will also submit an “Adequacy of Consultation Representation” confirming if the consultation was adequate. The applicant has a duty to take into account all consultation responses received and they must demonstrate to the Secretary of State how they have done this

  • Formal consultations are taking place January to March 2022. The applicant has already undertaken an additional first stage of public consultation from October to December 2018, and a second informal public consultation with a focus on highways considerations was undertaken from July to September 2019.

  • A letter dated 06 September 2019 was sent to the promoters of the Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange proposal, in respect of the informal public consultation which was undertaken. The letter can be downloaded below

  • We will produce a “Local Impact Report” setting out what the anticipated impacts on the authority’s area (or any part of that area) and the communities affected will be, during the examination stage. This will be reported to Council for Councillor approval

  • The Council will also be required to agree on a Statement of Common Ground with the applicant (based on evidence-based assessments)

  • We will provide a formal written representation as a statutory consultee in the procedure

  • We will also attend and participate at any hearings and accompanied site visits taking place

  • It will be necessary for the Council to negotiate and enter into a Section 106 Legal Agreement with the owner/developer securing relevant planning obligations

  • In the event of the Development Consent Order being granted, the Council will be required to discharge and monitor the formal requirements and provide an enforcement function accordingly

Last updated 1 September 2022
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