Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 15 July 2018
From Nick Muir


I strongly object to the application to create the Northampton gateway Rail Interchange. I grew up within a few hundred yards of the proposed development and understand fully the damage the proposal will create. My parents still live in our family home. We have supported the village that this development will blight for 40 years and i hope to return with my family in the years to come. I believe the proposed development to be surplus to requirement as there is already in construction another national rail freight interchange within a 20 mile radius at the Daventry International Rail freight Terminal.

The application is in direct contradiction of a number of local and national core strategies, the WNJCS is the foundation of all planning strategy for the area until 2029.

The Daventry development already has planning approval to double in size with a third stage development already agreed. There is no need for 2 international terminals within such a close proximity. This very planning inspectorate in 2013 and 2014 conluded that there is no need for new strategic development in open countryside as there is sufficient land already agreed and set aside alongside the M1 at J16 & J18.
This proposal is one of many submitted by this landowner to leverage their historic ownership of land adjacent to a growing residential area. There is need for residential development around Northampton but there is no need for this industrial sprawl when there is already agreed facilities in development within 20 miles.
This development will blight an area of open countryside enjoyed by all resident of Northampton and already overburden a road network insufficient to cope with the current levels of traffic. A rail freight terminal by its very nature will increase significantly road usage as trucks leave the site having collected goods from the terminal.
Stop this inappropriate overdevelopment of what is currently protected open countryside and protect a number of Northamptonshire villages from being blighted.