Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 08 July 2018
From June Lovell

Representation

This development will potentially lie between two beautiful Domesday recorded villages and will destroy their peace and quiet. This area is already notorious for its congested road system including the M1, A43 and A508. This development would see a further overload of the system with lorries and people getting to work. Any small accident on any of these roads would see a gridlock situation in Blisworth (as often already happens).
No amount of disguising this development with bunding will eradicate the huge blot it would make on the landscape. I have real concerns too about the effects it will have on the health of local residents through increased carbon monoxide, noise and light pollution 24 hours a day.
There is already a large Freight Terminal near Daventry which I understand is not at full capacity so I do not understand why we need another one here. I also understand that National Rail have expressed concerns about the ability of the network to carry the extra trains that would be required. Whilst appreciating the need for a policy on Strategic Rail Freight systems, I thought the whole point was to have them 'strategically' placed around the country and not all concentrated in one area.
The area proposed for developement is a beautiful landscape and a haven for wildlife, trees and plants. To concrete over this would be devastating and it would be lost for ever to future generations.
In summary, this development would have catastrophic effects on the future of the village, would create noise, light and air pollution and would destroy the local landscape. With other Strategic Rial Freight Terminals nearby, do we really need another one here? Given the already congested road system, how would the area cope with the huge influx of lorries and additional commuters.
I would respectfully ask that this submission be considered.