Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 28 June 2018
From Guy Phelps

Representation

Dear Planning Inspectorate

I am writing to strongly object to the planned Northampton Gateway proposal. My primary objection is that I don't agree with its reason for existence. The propsosal classifies itself as an SRFI, but there is nothing strategic about it, in the sense that it is not part of a holistic plan to remove lorries from the road as part of an optimised national network. More that it is an opportunistic attempt by a developer to maximise a warehousing intent by locating it next to a railway line. There is already at SRFI only 20 miles from here with capacity for expansion. In addition, the volumes of actual rail capable goods seem miniscule compared to the overall site movements, negating the point of being an SRFI status.

Secondly, a site of this size would destroy not only a large area of prime farmland and natural area, but bring with it the misery of 24 hour noise and light pollution, and huge increases of staff traffic and HGV movements. The quality of life currently enjoyed by my young family will be simply devastated by this project.