Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 18 July 2018
From Leanne Snapes

Representation

I live in Milton Malsor and my house is on the Towcester road which will lead to the proposed development, I have huge concerns about the impact this will have on the ecosystems of the area, the quality of life with regards to the huge traffic influx and the environmental and social aspects of such a development. The safe guards In place to mitigate against environmental damage and noise damage appears inadequate. The local farm land/green areas will be destroyed, visually the huge warehouses will be awful and will not attract people to the area. This will impact on the tourism bought to the surrounding villages by the canal, (would people rather visit idyllic country village or huge warehouse/rail development). The safety of living in the gateway of this area and all it brings including the additional traffic, the increased amount of large haulage vehicles will leave the young children that play in the area at risk. The house prices will inevitably reduce causing a negative financial impact to those living in the area many of which have moved here for a better quality of life. There is a vast rail development at DRFT Daventry this has huge capacity for further development which begs the question why another so close is required? other than for greed and financial gain for developers. If this awful development is to be approved then Northampton will become engulfed in sea of ware houses. There are already areas that have capacity of further development with existing rail links by continuing to develop areas unnecessarily with no driving force other than greed and financial gain for the few creates little opportunity for improvement of an already struggling town like Northampton. The jobs that have been proposed to being created are irrelevant with such a low level of unemployment in the area, resulting in staff having to be bought to the area to work which will have the knock on effect of increasing traffic in the area of which the local infrastructure cannot cope. the current infrastructure cannot cope with the existing demand, regardless of a proposed new road system, we have seen with the bypass to Towcester people still use familiar roads through our villages as rat runs. Traffic around Blisworth, Stoke road area and traffic in Towcester is horrendous at peak times and often causes build up.
I wholeheartedly and passionately disagree with the proposal and feel very upset that large companies show no consideration to the local community and are quiet happy to disseminate this in the interest of there financial gain, I suspect the rail freight is a mask for the true purpose of building units on the anticipation that planning wouldn't have be approved on this basis and by manipulating the government policy of reducing traffic on the roads in favour of rail they will be granted the planning to destroy not just the surrounding of villages but the homes, lives of people in south Northamptonshire and the ricochet of this will have impacts on the wider Northampton town.