Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 13 December 2018
From Paul Heath

Representation

My objections are:
1) The proposal is speculative as there are no clients yet for the warehousing, so no obvious need exists.
2) Incorporating a Rail Terminal in the project is just an attempt to bypass local planning policies - DIRFT is nearby and not at full capacity. It does not qualify as an NSIP.
3) In any case, there is no requirement for clients of the site to use the rail link, which calls into question its status as an SRFI, and the supposed benefits of reduced road traffic.
4) There is no guaranteed extra capacity on the main rail line to service the site, and Northampton Gateway proposes using the same access, adding to the problem.
5) The size of the site will impact badly on quality of life in neighbouring villages with noise and light pollution, and the destruction of a large area of countryside. In particular, houses in Milton Malsor adjacent to the site would be very badly affected , and lead to a drop in value with no prospect of redress.
6) The claimed number of jobs which would be created is absurdly optimistic and an attempt to validate the value of the proposal, and there is in any case low unemployment in the area.
7) Nevertheless , car traffic through nearby "rat runs" is already at severe levels and any increase would be intolerable. Any suggestion of access via Northampton Road (near Blisworth), which would allow car traffic through the nearby villages, would be disastrous.
8) The existing road network would be overloaded by the increase in HGV traffic, and the modifications to M1 Junction 15a and elsewhere are minor, and may be insufficient.
9) Granting this application would be contrary to the wishes of residents and their elected representatives, and would open up the area west of the M1 to further expansion.