Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 11 July 2018
From Rod Sellers on behalf of Parishes Against Pollution


We wish to register the ‘Parishes Against Pollution Group’ as an interested party in the Northampton Gateway Examination process.

PAP is a group of 29 Parish Councils in the South of Northamptonshire that has a shared concern over the environmental impact of major traffic related developments and the increasing cumulative consequences for air, noise and light pollution.
The participating parishes are:

Ashton – Blakesley – Blisworth – Bugbrooke – Cold Higham – Collingtree – East Hunsbury - Gayton – Grange Park - Great Houghton – Greens Norton – Hardingstone – Harpole – Hartwell – Helmdon - Hunsbury Meadows - Kislingbury – Little Houghton – Milton Malsor – Pattishall – Quinton – Roade – Rothersthorpe Shutlanger – Silverstone - Stoke Bruerne – West Hunsbury – Whittlebury – Wootton

All these Parish Councils have minuted their support for the following declaration:
"Along with neighbouring Parish Councils, we are alarmed at the number and scale of major traffic generating developments in our area and their likely environmental impact. We draw attention to the specific requirement of the National Planning Policy
Framework (NPPF) namely ‘“preventing both new and existing development from contributing to or being put at unacceptable risk from, or being adversely affected by unacceptable levels of soil, air, water and noise pollution or land instability”. We strongly
urge that this requirement is stringently and robustly followed and the cumulative impact considered when major planning decisions are being taken".

Consequently we wish to register our objections to the ‘Northampton Gateway’ Rail Freight Terminal proposed for land between the communities of Collingtree, Grange Park, Milton Malsor, Roade and Blisworth which we believe will have significant traffic and environmental impacts on the whole of this region.