The changes – which reflect public consultation so far – mean no development on land west of the A43, changes to site access and rights of way, and improved environmental works. Work will continue on the masterplan throughout 2016 as surveys continue, and more detailed plans will be published for consultation in 2017.
The Rail Central site is where the West Coast Main Line meets the Northampton Loop Line adjacent to the A43 and within 2 miles of the M1.
Ashfield Land has also published an updated version of the draft illustrative Masterplan which is based on more advanced and complete technical information and more in-depth survey work that is continuing to be undertaken.
Ashfield Land intends to submit a planning application to the Planning Inspectorate (PINs) in the first quarter of 2017. If approved, Rail Central would deliver 8,000 jobs as part of a new logistics and distribution hub.
Subject to permission being granted to build Rail Central, the earliest potential start of construction would be in 2019.