Go-ahead for DIRFT expansion ‘could wipe out unemployment’ in west Northamptonshire, says MP

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The go-ahead to expansion plans at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT III) have been welcomed by the region’s MP.

The Secretary of State of Transport has given development consent to the scheme which includes a new rail link to the site and building up to 731,000 square metres of new distribution storage for businesses. It is expected to create up to 9,000 jobs.

MP for Daventry, Chris Heaton-Harris, said it was “excellent news”.

“This has been a long time coming. With potentially up to 9000 new jobs being created in the coming years DIRFTIII could help eliminate unemployment across my constituency.

“I look forward to working with Prologis and local communities to ensure that everyone locally benefits from this massive investment.”

Rugby Radio Station Ltd Partnership and Prologis UK submitted the application to the Planning Inspectorate which examined the proposals and in April recommended the Secretary of State give development consent.

Following the granting of development consent, future decisions on reserved matters relating to the project, will for the most part be made by Daventry District Council. These will include matters such as details for the phasing of the development and detailed design approval on the siting of buildings and rail infrastructure, landscaping and earthworks.

Councillor Alan Chantler, Daventry District Council’s strategic planning portfolio holder, said: “We support the principle of DIRFT III and welcome today’s decision by the Secretary of State. The Council has been in close contact with the developer throughout and further development of rail link distribution on this site is envisaged in the joint core strategy.”

Councillor Chris Over, economic, regeneration and employment portfolio holder, said: “This expansion of DIRFT reaffirms our District as an important, strategic location for an international business hub.

“It will be a real boost for local jobs and attracting fresh investment into our district which continue to be top priorities for this Council. The road to rail option offered at this development is another important feature.”