Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 07 July 2018
From Nicholas Bird


Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to object to the Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange Application. Planning Inspectorate Reference: TR050006.

I am live and work in the local area. This development would significantly negatively impact my family's quality of life;

There would be an increase in noise light & air pollution in an area which already has control measures placed upon it due to unsafe levels of NO2.

The road capacity is already regularly under significant strain with long delays to get work, and the proposed road developments go no where near to mitigate the increase of in planned number of vehicle movements.

The DRIFT SRFI has been shown to have bought about, at least in part, a significant increase in crime in its local area.

Most of all i object to that there is no strategic need due to DRIFT being but 18 miles away. The application on 'strategic' grounds is a blatant attempt to circumvent local planning and local residents' desires.

A reasonable and logical outcome of a strategic rail freight application would be a condition that the vast majority of freight movements would be via rail within say 10 years. There is not enough capacity on the rail network for this to be true and no plans to make it true.

It can been seen a priori that this application is being used to circumvent reasonable planning considerations for the purpose of standard warehousing on 'green fields'; which would be served by lorries incoming and outgoing whilst rail would not play a significant part.