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Hinckley Rail Freight Interchange

Full details regarding the plans for the Rail Freight Interchange, including consultation event dates can be found on the official website.

What is it?

The Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange is a large proposed development in the south of the District of Blaby. The site is proposed to include:

  • Industrial and Storage/Distribution units
  • A rail port and lorry park
  • Dedicated road access directly from Junction 2 of the M69 and associated highway works
  • Landscaping including footpath and cycle links

Where is it?

The site is wholly within the east of Blaby District’s boundary with Hinckley and Bosworth, and to the south west of the village of Elmesthorpe.

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 DB Symmetry to the Secretary of State for a Development Consent Order through the Infrastructure Planning Unit which is administered through the Planning Inspectorate.

What will the process of this application look like?

The project is already registered with the Infrastructure Planning Unit and so is currently in the pre-application stage. All timescales are based on a revised submission date of April 2020, which is the latest date given by the applicant. It is a six stage process made up of:

  • Pre-application (current and ongoing until Spring 2020)
  • Submission of application and acceptance by the Planning Inspectorate – April 2020
  • Pre-examination (including pre-examination meeting) – Summer 2020
  • Examination – late 2020
  • Recommendation and decision – Spring/Summer 2021
  • Post Decision – late 2021
  • Formal public consultation and statutory consultations – October/November 2019. An additional first stage of public consultation has taken place during October - November 2018
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. The Council have had an opportunity to input into the Statement of Community Consultation which sets out how the consultation with the community will be undertaken (August 2018)
  • 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 public consultation and statutory consultations are due to be undertaken by the applicant in October/November 2019. The applicant has already undertaken an additional first stage of public consultation in October - November 2018
  • 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 – Summer 2020. This will be reported to Council for Member approval
  • The Council will also be required to agree 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 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 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
  • The applicant has set up a Community Information Line operated by Lexington Communications on 0844 556 3002 for members of the public to raise questions. Members of the public can also email

To date the Council have received a Scoping Consultation from the Planning Inspectorate. The development is classed as an “Environmental Impact Assessment Development.” As a result, the submission will be supported by an Environmental Statement.

The Council’s response, along with the Planning Inspectorate’s formal Scoping Opinion and additional information can be found on the Planning Inspectorate webpage below.

Archaeological trial trenching commenced towards the end of September 2018. It is anticipated that a total of 558 trenches will be dug, covering an area of some 14 acres over a 15 week period (subject to weather).

Last updated 12 April 2019
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