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No public inquiry for Rossington inland port plan

Drawing of the proposed development
Ms Flint said the project would help sustain former mining communities

The government has decided there will not be a public inquiry into plans for an inland port in South Yorkshire that will create up to 5,500 jobs.

In January, local MPs urged ministers not to delay the scheme near Rossington by calling it in for the Secretary of State to decide on.

After viewing the plans and consulting the Highways Agency, the government decided that was not necessary.

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint said the move could lead to a "jobs bonanza".

Developers Helioslough said the site, alongside the derelict Rossington Colliery, would provide a holding place for freight brought in by sea in containers before their contents are broken down into smaller units and distributed.

Lorry concerns

The government's decision means Doncaster Council can confirm its approval of the plans, which was given in November.

Ms Flint said: "This decision is a vindication of our claim that Doncaster is the best place in Yorkshire and the Humber to locate a major rail freight interchange.

"Doncaster's history is built on coal and rail and this could not be a more fitting 21st Century answer to the need for jobs.

"This project could be a jobs bonanza for Rossington and Doncaster."

The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England is among those opposed to the plan, and has cited concerns about the loss of greenbelt land and increased lorry movements.

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