Press release

Daventry International Rail Freight Interchange given development consent

Today, 3rd July 2014, the Daventry International Rail Freight Interchange (DIRFT III) application has been given development consent by the Department for Transport.

Rail track

Development consent has been granted for the expansion of the existing Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal by the construction and operation of a new rail link to a replacement interchange, together with new transhipment sidings, container storage, an HGV reception area, up to 731,000 square metres of rail served storage and a strategic open space.

The decision announced today follows an examination process by the Planning Inspectorate which was completed within the statutory timescales laid down in the Planning Act 2008 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011).

The application was submitted by Rugby Radio Station Limited Partnership & Prologis UK Limited for consideration on 22 February 2013 and accepted for examination on 20 March 2013.

Following the examination, where interested parties were given the opportunity to give evidence to the Examining Authority, a recommendation was made to the Secretary of State for Transport on 7 April 2014.

The Planning Inspectorate’s Chief Executive, Simon Ridley, said: “The examination of the application was completed within the timescales prescribed in the Planning Act and a recommendation made to the Secretary of State for Transport. Today’s decision supports that recommendation.”

“A major priority for us over the course of the examination was to ensure that communities who might be affected by this proposal had the opportunity to put forward their views. As always, the Examining Authority gave careful consideration to these before reaching a conclusion.

Documentation, including the decision, the recommendation made to the Secretary of State and the evidence considered by the Examining Authority in reaching its decision, is publicly available on the National Infrastructure Planning website.


Notes to editors:

  1. Journalists requiring further information should contact the Planning Inspectorate Press Office, on: 0303 444 5004 or 0303 444 5005 or email:

  2. From April 2012, the relevant Secretary of State became the decision maker on all national infrastructure applications for development consent. At the end of the examination of an application, which will still be completed within a maximum of six months, the Planning Inspectorate will have three months to make a recommendation to the relevant Secretary of State who will then have a further three months to reach their decision. Read more about the application process.

  3. The Planning Inspectorate, National Infrastructure Programme of Projects details the proposals which are anticipated to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate as applications in the coming months.

Published 4 July 2014