Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 16 July 2018
From M P Pell

Representation

I object because it will destroy hundreds of acres of local countryside.
The site will be "a blot on the landscape".
The destruction of wildlife habitat for farmland birds where the habitat loss cannot be compensated for.
The loss of farmland when the country needs to produce more food and not import it.
The destruction of local footpath network between Milton Malsor and Collingtree would be diverted alongside the Collingtree road and the M1 motorway.
Increased traffic through the village.
Increased air pollution from thousands of extra cars, vans and HGV's in the local area.
The proposed no right turns at the junction of Courteenhall Rd and the A508. Would mean traffic diverting thru the centre of Blisworth etc.
Noise created by the 24/7 operation of the rail terminal - shunting,loading and uloading of Containers.
Light pollution from night time operations.
The area has very low unemployment so the majority of workers would have to travel some distant to work adding to congestion and pollution.
All the local plans show this site being retained as farmland and open countryside not industrial development.
The DaventryInternational Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) is only a short distance away from this site, it serves the same local area and has capacity for expansion for over 10 years.