Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 12 July 2018
From Martyne Pearson


I strongly object to this application because of the following reasons:

1. The proposal will destroy hundreds of acres of local countryside and bring industry into an area that is an important gap between Town and country.
2. The site would be surrounded by high earth mounds (bunding) that would be themselves a “blot on the landscape”.
3. The destruction of wildlife habitat in particular for farmland birds where the habitat loss cannot be compensated for.
4. The loss of farmland when the country needs to produce more food rather than importing it.
5. The destruction of the local footpath network in particular the footpath between Milton Malsor and Collingtree that would be diverted alongside the Collingtree Rd. and the M1 motorway.
6. Increased traffic through the village when there is congestion on the M1.
7. Increased air pollution from the thousands of extra cars, vans and HGV’s using the roads in the local area.
8. The proposed no right turns at the junction of Courteenhall Rd and the A508. would mean traffic diverting through the centre of Blisworth and past the doctors surgery where parking is already a problem.
9. Noise created by the 24/7 operation of the rail terminal including railway shunting, the loading and unloading of containers and the operation of an aggregates terminal.
10. The area has very low unemployment so the majority of workers for the operation would have to travel some distance to work adding to congestion and pollution.
11. All the local plans show this site being retained as farmland and open countryside not industrial development.
12. The Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) is only a short distance away from this site, serves the same local area and has capacity for expansion for over 10 years.