Daventry District Council has approved plans to expand the DIRFT Logistics Park which could also sway the Government to also agree the plan. Expansion plans for the Park have been referred to the Government because the outline planning application is a departure from the adopted Local Plan.
The Government must decide whether to hold a public inquiry or let the local authority grant planning permission.
The expansion plans at DIRFT entail 133 acres of land west of the existing 365-acre logistics park. The key element of the new proposals is that more than 90% of the 180,000sq m distribution and manufacturing floorspace will be capable of direct rail connection to the existing Daventry International Railport.
Paul Ludlow, managing director of DIRFT, says: “Daventry District Council’s decision is a major step forward in redressing the current imbalance between the amount of freight hauled by road rather than rail. It represents an endorsement of the desire to enable environmentally sustainable development and the success of the first phase of DIRFT.”