Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 12 July 2018
From Neil Jagger

Representation

I OBJECT STRONGLY TO NORTHAMPTON GATEWAY FOR THE FOLOWING OUTLINE REASONS

1) IT IS IN CONFLICT WITH THE WEST NORTHANTS JOINT CORE STRATEGY (WNJCS) WHICH IS THE FOUNDATION PLANNING DOCUMENT FOR ALL DEVELOPMENT IN OUR AREA
2)ADEQUATE RAIL FREIGHT INTERCHANGE CAPACITY IN OUR AREA (WEST NORTHANTS) IS AVAILABLE AT DIRFT UNTIL AT LEAST 2031 AND RAIL FREIGHT GROWTH OVER THE LAST 4 YEARS HAS BEEN MINIMAL
3) NORTHAMPTON GATEWAY IS NOT ENVISAGED IN MILTON MALSOR'S PARISH PLAN 2005
4) A SIMILAR CAPACITY RAIL FREIGHT INTERCHANGE IS PROPOSED BY ASHFIELD LAND ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE SAME TRACK
5) LOCAL UNEMPLOYMENT IS VERY LOW. EMPLOYMENT LOCATIONS IN OUR AREA HAVE BEEN BALANCED WITH HOUSING DEVELOPMENT BY THE WNJCS WHICH MEANS EMPLOYES OF RAIL CENTRAL WILL NEED TO TRAVEL FROM AFAR ADDING TO ROAD CONJESTION
6)NORTHAMPTON GATEWAY IS A HUGE INDUSTRIAL SITE IN AN AREA DESIGNATED AS 'OPEN COUNTRYSIDE'. IT WILL CHANGE AN ANCIENT RURAL AREA INTO AN INDUSTRIAL ONE AND BLIGHT ADJACENT VILLAGES LIKE MILTON MALSOR, COLLINGTREE AND BLISWORTH
7) THE DISRUPTION TO TRAFFIC LOCALLY AND ON THE M1 WHILE ROAD DIVERSIONS TAKE PLACE - WHICH WILL HAVE TO BE DONE IN PHASES AND LAST ABOUT 4 YEARS - WILL BE AWFUL
8) THE CULMATIVE PERMANENT 24/7 POLLUTION OF AIR, NOISE AND LIGHT WILL HAVE A DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON LOCAL RESIDENTS.
9) THE PROPOSER HAS NOT DEMONSTRATED SUFFICIENT NATIONAL ECONOMIC BENEFIT TO OUTWEIGH SIGNIFICANT ADVERSE EFFECTS ON THE LOCAL AREA
10)THE TRAFFIC PROPOSALS LEADING TO THE NEW ROAD LAYOUTS HAVE NOT BEEN PROPERLY TESTED FOR THE CASES OF BREAKDOWN AND ACCIDENT
11) WE WOULD LOOSE THE PLEASANT AND WEL USED LOCAL FOOTPATH NETWORK