Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 19 July 2018
From Chris Heaton-Harris

Representation

I am raising my objections in the capacity of the Member of Parliament for Daventry. It is important to point out that I have been contacted by a tremendous number of concerned constituents and to date have received no emails from local residents who support this project. To put this in to some context, so far a local petition on change.org has gathered 1,311 signatures.

These notes of objection number in the hundreds. In the interest of brevity I have grouped together the key areas which frequently arise. In due course I will submit a much longer document which will address these areas in greater depth.

Conservation - the proposed development will take up approximately 5 million sq ft of arable farmland and surrounding woodland. It has been suggested that this will threaten many protected or notable species in the locality, such as great crested newts through habitat loss and disturbance.

Flooding risk – those who know the area well will know that the surrounding area is prone to bouts of flooding. Although the immediate vicinity is categorised as being within a ‘Flood Zone 1’, historically there’s been a high flood risk further downstream at Wooton Brook. Post-development there’s expected to be an increase in the volume of surface water run-off, which will only further exasperate this.

Traffic – the increased flow to traffic during and post construction will have an impact on an already overused road network.

Noise – unequivocally speaking the proposed development will result in higher noise levels in the due to additional road traffic, additional rail traffic, the operation of the rail terminal and new warehouse buildings and the construction process. This increase in noise will be felt most dramatically at several properties on the western edge of Roade.

Air pollution – in the immediate vicinity of the proposed development exists two Air Quality Management Areas as a consequence of high levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from nearby major road networks. The associated increase in traffic, particularly diesel emitting HGVs will exacerbate this problem.