Further consultation to begin on proposed rail freight interchange (Ashfield Land Proposal)

Further consultation to begin on proposed rail freight interchange (Ashfield Land Proposal)

Author: Eleanor Roberts Published: 14th July 2017 14:59

Further consultation to begin on proposed rail freight interchange (Ashfield Land Proposal)

A consultation is about to begin on the proposed development of a strategic rail freight interchange, situated at Arm Farm, between Milton Malsor and Blisworth. The proposed interchange would comprise 687,480sq. metres of storage and distribution buildings with ancillary office accommodation, served by a new rail link, sidings, container storage area with gantry crane, service depot, and HGV parking facilities. Following a meeting of South Northamptonshire Council’s (SNC) planning committee on Thursday, 13 July it was the recommendation of SNC that an additional public meeting be held in Towcester during the consultation period and that the Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC) be amended to include details of this event.

The promoter has accepted this recommendation. Cllr Roger Clarke, SNC’s portfolio holder for planning, said: “It is vital that the promoter consults with the communities neighbouring this proposed development, and ensures that all those who could be affected by it are given a fair and equal opportunity to view the plans.” Phase one of the statutory consultation was carried out in spring/summer of 2016.

Phase two will now run from Friday, 15 September 2017 to Monday, 23 October 2017.

During this time, consultation documents describing the proposal will be available for the public to view at:

  • Northamptonshire County Council, County Hall, NN1 1ED, Monday to Friday 8am to 5.30pm
  • Northampton Borough Council Offices, The One Stop Shop, The Guildhall, St Giles Square, NN1 1DE, Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm
  • Northamptonshire Central Library, Abington Street, NN1 2BA, Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm
  • Roade Library, High Street, Roade NN7 2NW, Wednesday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm, Sunday 1pm to 4pm
  • Towcester Library, The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, NN12 6AD, Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday, 9am to 5pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm
  • Hunsbury Library, Overslade Close, NN4 0RZ, Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 2pm
  • Information and consultation materials will also be available in other local venues including, Blisworth Post Office and Stores, The Walnut Tree Inn in Blisworth and Blacky More Community Centre, East Hunsbury.

There will also be exhibitions and public consultation events in Milton Malsor, Blisworth and Roade:

  • Milton Malsor Village Hall – Friday, 15 September 2pm to 8pm and Saturday, 16 September 12.30pm to 5.30pm
  • Roade Village Hall – Wednesday, 20 September 1pm to 7pm
  • Walnut Tree Inn, Blisworth – Friday, 22 September 2pm to 8pm
  • Blisworth Village Hall – Saturday, 23 September 10am to 4pm

Information letters and invitations will be sent to approximately 7,700 addresses in Milton Malsor, Blisworth, Roade and TowcesterBookmark and Share

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