A WATER giant has revealed that plans for a potential mammoth rail freight interchange in South Derbyshire are set to be submitted in the ‘near future’.
Severn Trent wants to build the railhead on 619 acres of land flanked by the A50 and the A38 at Egginton and Etwall Common and is now expecting to produce new plans this summer.
The plans had been shelved as a result of the current economic climate but the firm has now stated that it is committed to the plans and movement is expected later this year.
A spokesman for the firm told the Mail: “Etwall Land Ltd, a subsidiary company of Severn Trent Plc, remains committed to the development of its land holding at Etwall.
“With this in mind, we are continuing to work hard to secure the right partner that will assist us in driving this significant project through the planning process.
“With a scheme of this size and investment, it is essential that all the elements that are needed for a partnership agreement of this nature have been considered.
“However, we are very hopeful that the contract will be completed in the near future.”
The aim of the proposed site is to give the area’s biggest firms, such as Biffa, JCB and Toyota, improved facilities to transport goods by rail to cities such as Stoke-on-Trent and Derby.
The development, which could create 2,000 jobs, is significant enough nationally that the planning application is expected to go to the Infrastructure Planning Commission, a Government body that deals with extremely large developments.
Etwall Parish Council chairman Lisa Brown said the proposals were of a complex nature and different factors such as landscape, flooding and transport issues, as well as the environment, would need to be addressed.
She said: “My understanding is it is simply a matter of time. There will be something forthcoming.”
Councillor Brown said there was a similar project to the one planned for Egginton in Doncaster, and claimed it might be useful to take it into consideration.
To give you a further idea of what it’s like I would urge you to Google that Doncaster site,” she said.
“It’s part of the new generation of railhead distribution centres.”
Various issues have been raised about the site by residents, such as where access to the site would be from and the noise impact it would have on the area.
Councillor Brown said: “We are going to inspect the A50 and the A38 because the noise is pretty bad at the moment and it could get a bit worse.
“They have to have an extensive round of public consultations to start with before they even put in an application and that’s a very, very important time.
“It’s really very important for residents to be involved.”
She estimated that if the site was approved it would take approximately 13 months to go through.
The Mail also understands that Derbyshire Wildlife Trust have raised concerns about the site being home to several different species.