A local MP has raised concerns about DB Symmetry’s plans for the 9 million sq ft Hinkley Railfreight Interchange logistics site, in a move that does not bode well for the scheme as it begins its journey through the planning process.
The 540 acre site is at junction 2 of the M69 motorway.
A formal planning application is set to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in late spring or early summer 2019, with a decision likely within 12 months.
In an intervention that suggests choppy waters ahead for the development, Alberto Costa, MP for South Leicestershire, said: “I am extremely concerned at the developer’s plans. My office has already been contacted by a very large number of constituents regarding this matter and they too have expressed their deep concerns about the potential impact on local roads, the surrounding environment and other local infrastructure. Until just a week or so ago, there appeared to be very little in the way of public consultation on this matter, and it is simply unacceptable that my constituents are being given very little consideration in this case”.
The MP has written to the Managing Director of DB Symmetry inviting him to a meeting in Westminster so that we can discuss this proposal in greater detail.
Since his election in 2015, Mr Costa has been working very closely with the Sharnford Traffic Action Group (STAG) and Sharnford Parish Council to address the troublesome traffic issues that many of the villages around the development.