Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 16 July 2018
From Patrick Barlow

Representation

I would like to make the following pints which I believe totally support the rejection of this planning application.
1. The government directive is for small SFR's close to the markets they will serve. There is already a SFR 18 miles from this proposed applicatication which already has spare capacity.
2. The road access of the proposed site would exit on to the A508, a single carriageway road which is already officially over capacity and frequently causes tailbacks of over 1.5 miles and in the event of a holdup on the M1 which passes close by, these tailbacks can extend over 2.5 miles through the village of Roade. This application if passed would add a further 16000 vehicle movements. The developer 'Roxhill' has offered to build a bypass around Roade villiage suggesting that this would solve the traffic problem. However this is not true, it only diverts traffic around the village and does not ease account for the primary traffic on the A508.
3. The additional traffic which significantly increase the traffic pollution in the area, as well as the light and noise pollution.
4. The M1 motorway current provides a boundary between northampton and rural farmland. Any development south of this boundary would inevitably lead to more housing development swallowing up local villages into Northampton. These villages have already had additional large developments and are now suffering from over burdened local infrastucture. This would also mean a loss of farmland and local wildlife.
5. Northampton does not have the required labour to support such a development and therefore this would have to be brought in from outside the area leading to a further increase of traffic, pollution and congestion.
6. NCC Highways Authority have already stated that any increase in rail freight services may may require a reduction in the passenger service to Northampton.