Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange

NEWS: Tritax Symmetry will launch its formal consultation on the proposals for the Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange on Wednesday 12th January 2022.

What is the Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange (HNRFI)?

A huge industrial warehouse complex –  expected to consist of up to 850,000 square metres of warehouses. The rail interchange would be capable of accommodate up to 16 trains up to 775m (0.48 miles) in length – and is expected to operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

From Tritax Symmetry website https://tritaxsymmetry.com/projects/hinckley-national-rail-freight-interchange/

How big is it? 

In area within the DCO Order Limits Boundary (main site) would be about 830 acres  – which would currently dwarf Stoney Stanton.

HNRFI will cover an area 5 times the size of that being built along the A5 near Hinckley Island (Hinckley Park). Take a look at this video showing the scale of Hinckley Park, multiply it by 5 and imagine the colossal size and devastation of the proposed HNRFI. Given the speculative nature of Hinckley Park, we should question whether it’s really necessary to build another warehousing facility so close?

Where exactly is it planned?

In a huge wedge of predominantly farmland, between the M69 and the Hinckley rail line next to Burbage Common – It will stretch from junction 2 of the M69 to Elmesthorpe. (see the above size comparison graphic for location)

What does this mean for our village and surrounding area?

The scale of scheme means it will have a considerable impact on the environment, landscape, and roads in the area:

  • Destroying the natural habitat for a huge numbers of different speciesDecimating valuable farm and wood land forever
  • Increasing light, noise and environmental pollution to all surrounding villagesIncreasing the traffic through Stoney Stanton to get to the HNRFI or many more commuters wanting to travel South on the M69
  • High levels of traffic pollutionIncreased accident risk to the village centre
  • Thousands more HGV‟s to our already busy roadsOnly expecting up to l0% of freight by rail, if any. The rest will be by road.
  • Jobs created will be minimal and over-time will be replaced by automationTake up to 15 years to build and cause massive disruption to our villages
  • Bring no economic value to the immediate area

Why can’t Blaby District Council say “no”?

The development is being proposed as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) and so, whilst local councils are consulted, the final decision is made by the Secretary of State. The following video provides an overview of the NSIP process. NB. HNRFI is currently in the Pre-application stage.

Source: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/application-process/the-process/

When are we being consulted on this?

Tritax have undertaken an informal consultation in 2018 and a Highways consulation in 2019. As part of the pre-application stage of the process, Tritax must undertake a Statutory and Public Consultation, which starts on 12 January 2022 and runs for 8 weeks.

As part of this consulations, material and exhibitions will be available online and at local venues. The full details of how Tritax will engage with the community is laid out in the Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC). The two files which comprise this can be downloaded below or from the project website.

Local exhibitions will be held, and you can attend whichever is most convenient for you. Details are in the table below.

Elmesthorpe Village HallWednesday 19th January 20222pm – 8pm
Stoney Stanton Village HallFriday 21st January 202212.30pm – 6.30pm
Elmesthorpe Village Hall Saturday 22nd January 202210am – 1pm
Burbage Millennium HallMonday 24th January 20223pm – 8pm
Sapcote Methodist ChurchWednesday 26th January 2022 2pm – 8pm
The George Ward Centre, BarwellFriday 28th January 20222pm – 8pm
St Francis Community Centre, HinckleySaturday 29th January 2022 10am – 1pm
Ashby Road Sports Club, HinckleyMonday 31st January 20222pm – 8pm
Narborough Parish CentreTuesday 1st February 20221pm – 9pm

In addition, there will be two online webinars

Online WebinarTuesday 25th January 20222pm – 4pm
Online Webinar Wednesday 2nd February 20226pm – 8pm

To register your interest in attending the online webinar, please visit the project website.

What can I do about this?

1/ Please support the Stoney Stanton Action Group using the form above! We’ll help you to write to the right people at the right time and we’ll keep you informed every step of the way.

2/ Attend an exhibition or online webinar and ask the difficult questions they don’t want to answer!

3/ Respond to the formal consultation outlining in a clear and concise way the reasons why the proposal is not fit for purpose.

4/ Fill in our survey, so we can speak for you on this matter and further represent your views.