Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange

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On 16 January 2024 the Council, alongside legal and noise consultants, attended Issue Specific Hearing 6 on Traffic and Transport, and Noise. The Hearing covered various outstanding matters on these topics and the Applicant submitted further information at Deadline 5 on Friday 9 February 2024 at the request of the Examining Authority.

The Council and other Interested Parties submitted further representations on these documents at Deadline 6 on Tuesday 20 February 2024 alongside comments on other documents submitted by the Applicant at Deadline 5. All documents that have been submitted so far can be found on the Council’s webpage using reference 22/3000/HNRFI

The Examination is now entering its final two weeks with 2 deadlines left. During this time the Council will be finalising the Statements of Common Ground and the Section 106 legal agreement with the Applicant, commenting on the Applicant’s Deadline 6 and 7 submissions, and preparing a statement for the Examining Authority detailing the Council’s final and overall position at the closing of the examination. The Examining Authority will then prepare a report for the Secretary of State over 3 months from when the Examination closes on 12 March 2024. This report will recommend whether the application should be approved or refused.

The Applicant has provided a Book of Reference which can be viewed at the Blaby District Council Offices at Main Reception during the Councils normal opening hours. The Book of Reference sets out who has been identified as having a legal interest in land within the project boundary or in a location that may be affected by the proposed scheme.

Local Impact Report and Written Representation links

All the Council's previous formal responses can be viewed on our planning applications web page by using the proposal's dedicated Council reference 22/3000/HNRFI. A full copy of all the examination documents can be found on the Planning Inspectorate’s website using the link at the bottom of this page.

What is the HNRFI?

A proposed multi-purpose freight interchange and distribution centre in the south of the District of Blaby. The proposals 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 and next to Burbage Common. 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. 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 has been made by Tritax Symmetry (formerly DB Symmetry) to the Secretary of State for Transport for a Development Consent Order. The process is administered by the Planning Inspectorate. A link to the Planning Inspectorate's website is provided at the bottom of the page, which is the best place for information and updates on the application.

The examination will close by 12 March 2024 and a decision is expected by mid-September 2024.

Project Timeline

The project is currently in the acceptance stage. The application process is made up of:

  • Formal consultation 12 January - 8 April 2022 
  • Submission of application 6 February 2023
  • Withdrawal of application 2 March 2023
  • Resubmission of application 17 March 2023
  • Acceptance decision by 13 April 2023
  • Pre-examination (including pre-examination meeting) April 2023 until 12 September 2023
  • Examination (lasting for 6 months) 12 September 2023 until 12 March 2024
  • Recommendation and decision estimated mid to late 2024
Last updated 23 February 2024
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