Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 07 July 2018
From Paul Heath

Representation

My objections are:
1) The proposal is speculative as there are no clients yet for the warehousing, so no obvious need exists.
2) Incorporating a Rail terminal in the project is just an attempt to bypass local planning policies - DIRFT is nearby and not at full capacity. It does not qualify as an NSIP.
3) There is no guaranteed extra capacity on the main rail line to service the site.
4) The size of the site will impact badly on quality of life in neighbouring villages with noise and light pollution, and the destruction of a large area of countryside.
5) The claimed number of jobs which would be created is absurdly optimistic and an attempt to validate the value of the proposal, and there is in any case low unemployment in the area.
6) Nevertheless , car traffic through nearby "rat runs" is already at severe levels and any increase would be intolerable.
7) The existing road network would be overloaded by the increase in HGV traffic, and the modifications to M1 Junction 15 are inadequate . The economics of the offer to build a Roade bypass are not credible.
8) Granting this application would be contrary to the wishes of residents and their elected representatives, and would open up the area west of the M1 to further expansion.