Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 06 December 2018
From Andrew Lewis

Representation

1. This proposal will destroy hundreds of acres of local countryside and bring industry into an area that is an important gap between Town and country.
2. The views over what is currently mainly open countryside would be totally destroyed by massive warehouses and high earth mounds (bunding). These earth mounds would be a completely alien feature and a blot on the landscape.
3. All the land between Milton Malsor and Blisworth is currently open countryside that provides a haven for wildlife. All of this would be totally lost to the area.
4. The loss of valuable farmland when the country needs to produce more food rather than importing it.
5. The destruction of the local footpath network in particular the footpath between Milton Malsor and Blisworth that would be diverted along the Towcester Rd.
6. Increased traffic through the village when there is congestion on the M1 & A43
7. Increased traffic congestion on roads in the locality due to the thousands of additional vehicle movements a day, generated by this Rail Freight Terminal
8. Increased Air Pollution due to the thousands of additional vehicle movements a day. Air pollution by nitric oxide and diesel particulate lorry and machinery emissions, (a national issue), will directly affect the health of residents in Milton Malsor
9. Noise created by the 24/7 operation of the rail terminal including railway shunting, the loading and unloading of containers.
10. Light & noise pollution from night time operations.
11. The area has very low unemployment so the majority of workers for the operation will have to travel some distance to work adding to congestion and air pollution.
12. All the local plans show this site being retained as farmland and open countryside not industrial development.
13. The site contains a number of mature trees that will take many years to replace.
14. This proposal is contrary to the West Northants Joint Core Strategy (WNJCS) refer to attached WNJCS summary
15. The Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) is only a few miles from the Rail Central site and has capacity for expansion for around 10 years. There is no need for another rail freight terminal in the area.
16. Holy Cross Church in Milton Malsor, has owned a large field in Barn Lane for hundreds of years and is an important open space. The building of massive warehouses on this field would be a major loss to the whole community.