Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 09 July 2018
From Claire Cumberland


I wish to object in the strongest possible terms to the proposed Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange. My reasons are as follows:

• I am extremely concerned about the increase in the volume of traffic that would result from this development. As a resident of Roade village, I regularly see the effects of an already struggling infrastructure of roads. I have read evidence that changes proposed by Roxhill will be nowhere near adequate to mitigate the effect of the development. I believe this would impact my family and me significantly.
• In relation to the last point, I am also very concerned about the increase in pollution that we would experience in the area. Some of the residential areas surrounding this proposed site are already suffering from noise, air and light pollution in excess of legal limits – this can only get worse.
• As well as the environmental impact of extra traffic and air pollution from the site itself, I cannot overlook that losing 520 acres of green land will have an enormously detrimental effect on our local environment. Not to mention the countless species of wildlife that will lose their natural habitat in the process.
• I was shocked to learn that areas surrounding DIRFT in Daventry have experienced a 176% increase in crime since 2000/2001. It worries me greatly that we may see a similar effect in areas surrounding Northampton Gateway.
• I have read up on the development, and I am at a loss as to understand where the strategic need for another SRFI is in this area. We already have the larger DIRFT facility 18 miles from the proposed location of Northampton Gateway, which has expansion capacity for the next 20 years.
• Due to the location of Northampton Gateway and it’s convenience for access to the M1, it is highly likely that many of the warehouses would end up being occupied by road freight companies. This is in direct contradiction with the objectives of SRFI’s, as it would only encourage an increase in freight being moved by road, as opposed to by rail.
• This proposal is in conflict with local planning policy, which specifically excludes industrial development at the proposed location. Roxhill had previously made a planning application for a distribution centre which was withdrawn after strong opposition.
• It is quite clear to me that this is simply an attempt by Roxhill to bypass local planning policy. Fully aware that they would have no chance getting this proposal passed at a local level, Roxhill has included the rail link part of this proposal to allow them to go straight to the central government for a decision, as it would be a ‘nationally significant infrastructure’. Companies like Roxhill should not be allowed to find loopholes to bypass laws that are in place to protect people and locations that ought to be protected.

For the reasons I have given above, I strongly believe the application should be refused.