Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 05 July 2018
From Christine Barrand

Representation

The application conflicts with planning policy. The south northants strategic plan exludes building on the proposed land - 500 acres of productive farmland. The land acts as a barrier to already high levels of pollution from surrounding roads, and to urban sprawl.
No consideration has given to traffic congestion. The A508 is already overloaded and local villages are already suffering from 'rat run' traffic. There is no evident need for such a facility: the DIRFT expansion will provide sufficeint capacity for at least another 20 yrs and the Castle Donnington rail freight site further up the M1 is under -used. In essence this application is being made as a means to subvert local democracy as Roxhill has previously unsuccessfully applied for planning for warehousing on the same land. Given the availability of warehousing space both in Northampton and its closest neighbour, Milton Keynes additional warehousing space on this environmentally . sensitive land is unneccessary and is not a strategivr requirement.