Council submits final objections on rail hub

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Blaby District Council has submitted its final objections to the Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange as the Planning Inspectorate’s examination of the plans ends.

The summary reinforces fears the 662-acre hub would destroy vast swathes of the District. It would also have far-reaching adverse highways, environmental and social impacts, according to the Council.

The scheme is classed as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project so the final decision on approval or rejection lies with the Secretary of State for Transport.

As a consultee in the planning process the Council must now await this decision, expected in the autumn.

Proposed by developers Tritax Symmetry, the hub is earmarked for a huge expanse of countryside between the M69 and the Birmingham to Leicester rail line. The site lies southwest of Elmesthorpe and is on the edge of Burbage Common.

In its closing submission the Council outlines its key outstanding concerns. It urges the Secretary of State to refuse the application.

The Council contend:

The true severity of highways impacts, especially at the M1/M69 junction and Narborough level crossing has been poorly assessed so required mitigation is unknown The proposal is badly designed and would create major adverse landscape and ecological impacts with

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