Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 09 July 2018
From Christopher Woods

Representation

My main concern about the Roxhill proposal to build a Rail Freight Interchange next to this and surrounding villages is the sheer size of the site. This has to effect air quality as traffic growth will no doubt increase. Collingtree has been bombarded with noise and air pollution since the M1 motorway was built in the 1960s. It is my understanding that local authorities are required to reduce these pollutants, not increase them.
The village is already surrounded by warehouses, new homes are being built by Bovis and all this next to the village conservation area which houses my home. I grew up in the village having moved here in 1965. It was surrounded by open countryside, all that will go if this proposal goes ahead.
I understand that there is also the prospect of another huge rail linked warehouse park named Rail Central being built on adjacent land, 1,100 acres of open land would be lost if this also goes ahead. All this and I am led to believe that DIRFT just up the motorway is operating at under capacity.
I implore you not to approve this ill thought through proposal.