Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 07 July 2018
From Michelle Goodman-Harder

Representation

I strongly object to the Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange on the grounds as follows:
-No strategic need due to DIRFT
Policy calls for a small number of SRFI's across the region close to the markets they will serve. The Northampton Gateway would be 18 miles from an existing larger facility. DIRFT is not up to capacity yet and Milton Keynes has many new warehouse stood empty.
-Noise, light & air polution
the development and traffic flowing to and from the site would dramatically increase pollution in the area. The site would be operated 24/7 which will increase pollution through this time frame and seriously affect all living humans/animals quality of life.
-Labour Pool
Northamptonshire doesn't have the available labour required to serve this development, which means workers would have to travel in from other areas adding to pollution and congestion.
-Crime increase
The areas around the DIRFT have seen 170% increase in crime since 2000/1. We already have a Police Force that cannot deal with crime now, let alone an increase of this proportion.
-Loss of wildlife habitat and farmland
Proposed 520 acres will destroy farmland and wildlife habitats and corridors.
-Road Capacity
Additional 16,500 capacity forecast. We are already exceeding full capacity for vehicle movement within Northampton and surrounding areas. The Department of Transport is already warning of severe congestion on the M1 J15-17 by 2040 without this development.