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23Aug91 UK: POWERGEN SEEKS DEVELOPMENT PARTNER FOR RAIL TERMINAL AND BUSINESS PARK NEAR BIRMINGHAM.

PowerGen is looking for a development partner to turn its 350 ha Hams Hall site near Birmingham into a rail terminal for Channel Tunnel freight, and a business park.The scheme would total more than £200 million in value.The terminal, proposed by British Rail, would serve both the East and West Midlands, and would be part of a nationwide network of freight centres.The business park would be developed to provide manufacturing space and distribution centres for companies needing an international rail link.PowerGen says that about half of the site is available for development. It now wants a developer or construction company to take responsibility for drawing up a masterplan, to gain planning permission and build the scheme.The site was earmarked by Railfreight Distribution, part of British Rail, in February this year, but it has yet to confirm that Hams Hall will be the terminal's location.Railfreight is also considering a site it owns in Walsall, north-west of Birmingham. This is a much smaller site, so it does not offer the development potential of Hams Hall.PowerGen is confident that its site will be chosen and it intends to apply for planning permission next year.Railfreight Distribution said it expected to open its terminal in 1994, but it did not say when a decision would be made on its location.British Rail has already appointed AMEC Regeneration, in partnership with Wakefield council, to build a £150 million freight village on an 80 ha site in Normanton, near Wakefield.About 10 terminals are proposed around the country.