Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 10 December 2018
From Paul Marchant


I object to to Rail Centrals proposed warehouse development.

1. The major roadworks that would be required, over a large area, that would be required to accomodate all the additional trafic would cause untold misery for local people. Once completed significant congestion would occer on the local road network during busy times of the day I, along with other small local firms, would find it increasingly difficult to operate in the Northampton area,

2. Local companies already have great difficulty in recruiting staff due to the very low unemployment in the area. This proposal would totally destroy the local recruitment market for small firms. The planning rules say that " the existance of a local workforce will be an important consideration" when deciding on an application. There is no local workforce available to Rail Central. The vast majority of the workers would have to travel long distances to get to the site and therefore travel costs would probably preclude them from doing so.

3. No proper account appears to have been taken of the cumulative traffic impact of all the other housing and warehouse developments that are taking place in the area particularly along the A45 and Roxhill on the A508. In addition in October this year the new University campus opened near Northampton Town Centre with around 13,000 students and hundreds of staff travelling there each day.