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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange plans submitted

A 2.8 million logistics development at the Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange is to be debated by planners later this week.

The development, on 54-acre plot at the Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange, a 5 million sq ft rail-head linked logistics site, is being promoted to meet the needs of an unnamed occupier seeking an unusually tall unit of just over 80ft (24.5 metres), according to paperwork submitted to Northamptonshire planners.

However, once the site level has been taken into account, this means the building roof parapet height will 114.92m (377 ft) above the ordnance datum, and the top of two small stairway towers will be 117.89m (387 ft) above. This exceeds the normally permitted height by 8.8 metres (nearly 29ft).

The height will allow a building with a 694,0000 sq ft footprint to include mezzanines bringing the total floorspace to 2.86 million sq ft.

The promoter is Roxhill (Junction 15) Limited. The site is close to junction 15 of the M1 motorway.

The scheme, which includes more than 200 goods vehicle parking spaces, is recommended for approval when it comes before local councillors.

The original Northampton Gateway development was approved via a development consent order in 2019.

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