Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

The views expressed in this page do not represent those of the Planning Inspectorate. This page consists of content submitted to the Planning Inspectorate by the public and other interested parties, giving their views of this proposal.

Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 20 July 2018
From Hilary Bull

Representation

I object to this development very strongly for several reasons.
They include the fact that I believe the project to be unecessary as it is very close to the DIRFT facility which still has greater capacity.
There would be a much greater amount of noise and air pollution which is so dangerous to nearby residents. This would have a knock on effect on the surrounding roads and villages with the roads being unable to cope with the increased traffic, both while building takes place and in the ongoing running of the facility. There is a great deal of congestion currently which would only increase and lead to many more problems in the area. The Department for Transport is already warning of severe congestion on the M1 even without this development.
Apart from the effect on people the effect on wildlife is also significant. The site would destroy 520 acres of farmland, wildlife habitat and corridors.
This could also lead to further development in the area as currently the M1 provides a boundary identified in the South Northants Local Plan. The more this is breached the more it will be breached leading to great deal more distress as outined above.
There is also a considerable worry that crime would increase, as has already been the case near DIRFT.