Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 03 July 2018
From Richard Dimbleby

Representation

My wife and I object very strongly to this proposal. It is an unnecessary and inappropriate proposal:

unnecessary because it is only a short distance from the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal which serves the same area and has capacity for further expansion, and completely contrary to the West Northants Joint Core Strategy formally adopted in December 2014. I have seen no policy or evidence to support the need for an SRFI on this site of open land off junction 15 of the M1.

inappropriate because the proposed site would destroy hundreds of acres of local countryside and bring industry into an area that is an important green space between town and country. It would destroy significant wildlife habitat as well as remove farmland producing food which can reduce food imports. The increase of traffic through Milton Malsor and other local villages would add to the already congested traffic problems. The light, noise and air pollution from 24/7 operations even with bunding would seriously affect local villages and beyond.

We hope that this proposal will be refused for the above reasons. In principle we agree that more freight should be transported by rail but this proposal is not in the right place, so close to DIRFT and with large amounts local warehousing already available.