Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 17 July 2018
From Lesley Susan Sellers


This huge development will have a devastating affect on Collingtree Village, Milton Malsor, Roade and Blisworth. I see no justification for what is an opportunistic application which is similar to an earlier unsuccessful application by the same developer. The main issues are traffic congestion and the subsequent air and noise pollution. That this is already an area under pressure and potential breach of Air Quality legislation, is beyond dispute. With the purpose designed DIRFT facility only 18 miles away there is little need for a rail linked interchange in this location and I believe the real motivation is yet more warehousing. The engagement with the local communities by Roxhill has been superficial and compounded by the late addition to the application of an 'Aggregates Depot' with virtually no consultation.

There is also the prospect of another huge rail linked warehouse park 'Rail Central' being built on adjoining land. If both were allowed this would see over 1100 acres of open land replaced with 13 million sq ft of warehousing and thousands more vehicle trips on local roads.

I object to this proposed development.