Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 03 December 2018
From William Root

Representation

I strongly object to the proposed development for the following reasons:
I believe the proposal is a cynical manipulation of the planning system on the part of Rail Central to gain permission to develop a site they have had for some time but would not have got through the local planning authorities as it is contrary to local planning policy. The proposed SFRI cannot be regarded as genuine national infrastructure due to the area already being well served with rail connected warehousing; not least of which is the expansion of DIRFT.
Rail Central has not seriously examined alternative sites as required; they simply want to profit from the site they already have.
The proposed development is utterly foreign to the historic rural setting of Blisworth and Milton Malsor. Its size dwarfs both villages and replaces open countryside with a vast hard development. The local environment would be irreparably damaged; no effective mitigation is possible.
This part of Northamptonshire is already a hub for the logistics industry. The development will create more local traffic, and at best, will result in minimal modal shift away from roads due little capacity being available on the West Coast Mainline Railway.
The 24-hr nature of SFRI operations will result in significant nuisance to those living nearby due to noise and light pollution.
SFRIs should provide a clear environmental net benefit. This one would result in huge environmental damage for very little modal shift from road to rail. Such developments on green field land cannot be regarded as sustainable.