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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 listed down below.

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 the 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 Tritax Symmetry (formerly 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 is currently in the pre-application stage. All timescales are based on the revised submission date of the end of 2021, which is the latest date given by the applicant. It is a six stage process made up of:

  • Pre-application (current and ongoing until March 2022)
  • Submission of application and acceptance by the Planning Inspectorate – Q2 2022
  • Pre-examination (including pre-examination meeting) – mid 2022
  • Examination – summer 2022
  • Recommendation and decision – mid 2023
  • Post decision – end of 2023 and beyond
  • Formal public consultation and statutory consultations – October 2021

An additional first stage of public consultation took place during October to December 2018 and a second informal public consultation with a focus on highways considerations was undertaken during July to September 2019 with a range of public exhibitions in Hinckley, Barwell, Elmesthorpe, Sapcote, Stoney Stanton and Burbage.

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 public consultation and statutory consultations are due to be undertaken by the applicant in October 2021. 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, which included a range of public exhibitions

  • A letter dated 06 September 2019 has been sent to the promoters of the Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange proposal, in respect of the informal public consultation which has recently been undertaken. The letter can be downloaded at the bottom of the page

  • 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, at the end of 2021, and into the start of 2022. 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 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 the question

To date, we 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.

Our 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 and it has now been completed.

Last updated 1 September 2021
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