Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 09 December 2018
From Shaun Hope


I object to this development for the following reasons:

1.Travelling by road to the village on the A43 from the Towcester direction involves crossing west-bound traffic on the A43. (the Blisworth/Milton Malsor Turn). This is already a dangerous junction and the increased traffic due to the development would see drivers avoiding it by rat running through local villages.
2. None of the local plans show any large development on this site. It is vital to keep this land as open space as it ensures that there is an effective barrier between town and country.
3. Northamptonshire has a very low rate of unemployment so the thousands of employees that would be needed would have to travel a considerable distance to get to work. This would be the cause of increased congestion in the area and create far more air pollution.
4. All the land between Milton Malsor and Blisworth is currently open countryside that provides a haven for wildlife. All of this would be lost and many species of farmland birds would be totally lost to the area.
5. The Daventry 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 freight terminal in the area.
6.Increased Air Pollution due to the 22,000 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
7. This proposal is contrary to the West Northants Joint Core Strategy (WNJCS)
8. The area has very low unemployment so the majority of workers for the operation would have to travel some distance to work adding to congestion and pollution.
9. 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.