Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 09 July 2018
From Margaret Moss

Representation

We live in a thatched,a grade 2 listed building, built in circa 1750, in the conservation area of Blisworth. Our property is situated on the junction of courteenhall road, northampton road, and high street. We strongly oppose this development for the following reasons. We retired to the village of Blisworth after spending a long working life serving the community in very difficult roles. We chose this village for its beautiful setting, the thatched properties of which ours is, the grand union canal and its location in the countryside surrounded by fields and open countryside. We are appalled at this proposed development as to the increase of traffic through the village, outside our home , the noise and pollution that this will bring if it is approved. If there are any problems on the M1 or A43 our village is used as a rat run with traffic coming to a standstill, fumes and pollution ensuing. This development will see a vast increase in traffic through the village causing immense problems. As it is any large vehicles coming past our home causes our home to vibrate , you can only imagine what it will be like with constant large vehicles, not only in the development but once it is all up and running. We have many visitors and tourists stoping to take photos in the village as it's so beautiful, this brings people and income to local business, this will stop if this development is approved. As we are grade 2 listed we are unable to get planning permission to replace rotten wooden windows for efficient energy saving, appropriate double glazing which would keep out noise and pollution and keep our home warmer. Yet this development would dramatically increase the noise and pollution to our lives and home. We walk everywhere and through the local villages of Milton malsor and collingtree, this will be ruined by the vast warehouse area covered by this development. Everywhere we travel to there are vast developments being erected, what is happening to our wonderful British countryside? We regularly travel to Rugby and drive through the immense Dirft development, so why do we need another development exactly the same which is only 18 miles away. The south Northamptonshire local plan fully objects to this development, because of the damage it would cause to all our local villages and the threat of potential further devolpments. If there were any problems on the M1 all the lorries, the traffic, the employees would all drive through our village of Blisworth to get to the A43 this would cause severe problems, congestion, accidents, pollution from the exhausts and damage to the roads, i.e. further potholes . I strongly oppose this development, words cannot describe the feelings I have about this development. Everywhere I go there are warehouses alongside the motorway, many I hasten to add have a To Let sign on them so I don't see any need to be building any more in this area. The railway I understand is the busiest railway in Europe so this development would reduce the passenger services for those travelling by train to and from Northampton. As in our area we do not have available labour to serve this development again this will mean more cars on our roads. Finally, I moved to Blisworth for its natural beauty, the wildlife and approaching farmland into and out of the village. I strongly oppose this development and hope that my comments will be considered positively so that our home, our village and the surrounding area can be saved and not spoilt by developments for all our future generations. Thank you.