Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 17 July 2018
From David Orr

Representation

I wish to object to this invasive planning application in the strongest terms. My reasons are varied but include:
1) The wildlife in this area, so badly hit by intrusive development in recent years, is recovering. Small birds, buitterflies, bees, rodents and small mammals are all increasing in population. Further significant disruption such as this will stop the recovery in more than 500 acres of precious farmland and wildlife habitat.
2) History should teach us lesons. My home will be sub jct to an increased risk of crime. DIRFT surounding properties have sen an increase in crime of 176% since the turn of the century. Will the developers be recompensing me for the effect of this on house price and cost in the case of crime - of course not. But they are creating the increased crime isue.
3) DIRFT I object to increase noise, light and air pollution. We paid a premium to escape it from our inner city house.
4) The encrouchment across the M1 boundary opens the door for a development bonanza further damaging the countryside.
5) 16,500 extra vehicle movements would create huge pressure on already overcrowded roads. DOT is already warning of severe conjection on M1 even without this development.
6) Northants does not have the labour pool rwquired to service this facility. Workers wil need to travel in presenting aextra eco pressures and pollution/cojjection.
7) Passenger capaicity on West Coast Mainline likely t be hit as NCC Highways Authority has warned "increasing freight service over the loopline will require a reduction in passenger services to Northampton." Just when we are developing a greater use of railculture.