Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 06 July 2018
From Cecilia Ella Muir

Representation

I strongly object to this proposal. My husband and I live on Collingtree Road directly in front of the proposed site. The increase in noise and light emissions from the site road and rail movements that will operate on a 24/7 basis, will far exceed acceptable levels, however much the developers claim they will be mitigated. The area is already vulnerable to pollution from the M1 and adding a further industrial development so close to this main artery will increase pollution to above national maximum acceptable levels.
Our Parish Council said that the existing DRIFT site has considerable expansion capability including a third development phase giving DIRFT sufficient capacity through until 2031. The current planning authority approvals, adopted by the West Northants Joint Core Strategy provide space (including a rail terminal) obviate the need to destroy excellent farmland and another local environment. I am told even the Planning Inspectorate’s own inspector recommended that further development in this area of Northamptonshire was unnecessary.
I am an Old Age Pensioner and as such, spend most of my time at home and therefore will be subjected to most of the disruption and noise this development will create. Were we to move, our large house would be purchased by a family and the younger generations moving in would also be in danger of the pollutants from this development. Milton Malsor is a vibrant village and there are many residents who would similarly suffer from additional pollution.
Collingtree Road is a rat-run in the morning and evening rush hours. Between these times, it can be busy but not normally excessively. However I know after past planning approvals, road traffic will not follow defined routes. Inevitably more HGV traffic will use the local minor roads. This will be especially true of vehicles wanting to enter the site when main roads are congested – congestion we know that can be on a daily basis. The most serious current problems arise when large HGVs rely on their satnavs and ignore the ”Low Bridge” sign on the A43/Watering Lane junction. They reach Collingtree Road, driving through narrow village roads, and are forced to stop and reverse up to half a mile to turn round in Collingtree Village. One severe case saw four HGVs stationary on the road - police had to be called to clear the problem. Immediately a problem arises around the site entrance, vehicles seek a way through the villages. Irrespective of any promises, this cannot be policed.
Suggested road improvements near the site are a waste of time. Any congestion will move further down the already very busy single carriageway A508 towards Milton Keynes or add to the current heavy traffic on the A43.
I strongly object to this proposal. It is damaging to the local population, to the local environment and unjustifiable on planning or business grounds.